Thamaga Police Station Commander, Superintendent Balisi Ntamba, has confirmed the death by suicide of a female child doing Standard Seven at a primary school in Mankgodi Village.
Ntamba said the parents’ report asserted that the girl left home and went to relatives after parents admonished her over her behavior.
“The relatives took her back home to the parents and the mood at home was still the same,” said Ntamba, adding that he supposed that was when the young girl left home again and did not sleep at home.
Ntamba said the report from the parents indicate that some young boys who heard about the missing girl went directly to an unused home.
“That is where she committed suicide using strips from a bed spread,” said Ntamba. “There is no suicide note but we found used condoms around the scene and those were taken for medical testing.”
He further said the condoms collected from the scene appear to have been used some other time and did not appear to be attached to the incident but added that the medical test results will verify.
He pointed out that the cause of death will also be confirmed when the autopsy is conducted since there was speculation that the girl might have been murdered.
In another incident in Mankgodi, Ntamba said the week before, family members cut the strings in time to save a woman who had tried to commit suicide by hanging herself from the rafters.
“One of the family members must have realized her intention,” said Ntamba. The woman, who has a four-month-old child was being admonished over leaving the child alone.
Meanwhile in Francistown, another resident of Mankgodi aged 29 was found hanging from the rafters in a toilet, ironically on January 17, the same day the primary school girl committed suicide in Mankgodi.
Kutlwano Police Station Commander in Francistown, Superintendent Israel Tuelo, confirmed the incident and said they were still investigating the incident.