The people of Tsamaya Village in the North East District are reeling in shock following an incident in which a 94-year-old man was found hanging in his house on the 14th of March.
Tshesebe Police confirmed that they are investigating the bizarre incident in a bid to establish the circumstances that could have led to suicide.
Superintendent Dimpho Mothibedi told The Sunday Standard that the incident was reported to them by the deceased’s daughter-in-law.
“We received the report of the incident from the deceased’s daughter-in-law in the evening at around 8 pm on the fateful day. Upon arrival, we found the old man hanging from the rafters of his house and we took him to Masunga Primary Hospital where he was certified dead on arrival,” he said.
Mothibedi said they do not suspect foul play and added that suicide cases are rare in his area of policing.
Although the police do not suspect foul play, some villagers are wondering how such an old person could have decided to end his life in such a manner.
“This is quite shocking. This is the first incident of its nature in our village and we wonder what it is that could have angered the old man to end his life this way. This is unheard of and quite shocking,” said a villager who did not want to be identified.
Another villager suspected that there may be something that the family of the deceased knows but do not want to disclose.
“People that old do not usually commit suicide. Otherwise he was deeply frustrated,” said the villager.
On a different note, Mothibedi expressed concern over the escalation of burglary and theft cases in Moroka Village. He said that of late, such cases have been rampant owing to a large number of Zimbabwean illegal immigrants.