A FORM One pupil at Pumula High School in Bulawayo allegedly committed suicide by hanging yesterday, the third such incident in Bulawayo this term.
Brightness Thebe (15) from Magwegwe West suburb had not been attending lessons prior to her hanging.
Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Precious Simango confirmed the incident. “We received a case of sudden death by hanging of a 15-year-old female. She had a misunderstanding with her mother following her refusal to attend school leading to the mother beating her up,” said Insp Simango.
She said while at work yesterday, the mother received information that her daughter had hanged herself.
“The body was discovered by a tenant hanging from a mango tree in their yard, said Insp Simango.
Ms. Zenzele Dlamini, an employee at Hillside Teachers College, said her daughter had been refusing to attend school since the last term.
“Last term, the school authorities called me over that matter. I took her to my sister’s place in Makokoba suburb where we counseled her on the importance of education. It seems this did not change her attitude towards school and just last week the school authorities called me again. This time teachers said she had been absent for eight days,” she said.
Ms Dlamini said on Tuesday she once again persuaded her daughter to attend school and she thought everything was fine. “This morning I actually woke her up, as usual, to lock the doors as I left for work. At around 8AM, I received a phone call informing me that Brightness was dead. She had hanged herself.”