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Grade 7 pupil allegedly commits suicide

Story by Jerald Sasa

A Grade Seven pupil at Tapfuma Primary School in Marondera was this Wednesday found hanging on a tree in a suspected suicide case.

In an incident that has left the Rujeko community in Marondera in a state of shock, the Grade Seven learner was found hanging on a tree close to his home early Wednesday morning by his mother during early morning chores.

The boy was last seen on Tuesday evening by his father as he retreated to his room for Grade Seven exam preparations.

The incident comes a week after the deceased was seen with a rope and veil on the same tree.

Scorers of people gathered around the tree in disbelief as they could not believe what they had seen, with some failing to hold back their tears.

A neighbour, gogo Vito and Ward Six councillor, Cephas Mazambani expressed shock at the incident.

“I am very saddened with what has happened here, where our neighbour’s son has committed suicide at such a tender age. I knew the boy to be very quiet and I don’t know what could have happened,” said Gogo Vito.

Councillor Muzambani said, “I don’t know what really happened but surely for a child as young as this to commit suicide is unheard of, it is very sad.”

Zimbabwe Republic Police Mashonaland East Spokesperson Inspector Simon Chazovachii confirmed the incident, adding that a postmortem conducted this Wednesday revealed that the boy succumbed to suffocation.

The boy was the only surviving child in his family after the death of his sibling.

His body has since been taken to Marondera Hospital mortuary.

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