SA medical student in Cuba commits suicide

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. (Netwerk24)
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. (Netwerk24)

Johannesburg – Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has expressed shock following the death of a third-year South African medical student in Cuba.

The student allegedly committed suicide in Havana on Tuesday, the department said on Wednesday.

"We are in complete shock to learn about the death of one of our students as we were eagerly waiting to receive him back in the country to practice medicine and contribute to the development of our nation,” Motsoaledi said.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with the family, relatives, colleagues and friends of the deceased in this darkest hour. We express our sincere condolences.”

The KwaZulu-Natal health department will arrange trauma counselling for members of the family.

The department and the Cuba authorities are investigating the death.

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