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Team sent to establish circumstances around pupil’s suicide, says KZN Department of Education

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education said it had intervened when the pupil who committed suicide had an issue with Nombika High School, under the iLembe District, regarding her traditional rituals.

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu. File Picture

Published Jun 28, 2022

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Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education said a team has been sent to the family of a pupil from Nombika High School, under the iLembe District, who committed suicide, to establish the circumstances around her death.

In a statement on Tuesday, the department said it was saddened by the news of the passing of a pupil who was reported to have taken her own life.

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“The deceased was recently in the news because of the problem she had with the school regarding her traditional rituals.

“The department intervened in the matter and the learner was back at the school being taught like all other learners,” said the statement.

The department said it had not yet established what led the pupil to take the decision to end her own life.

The iLembe District director has sent a team to her family to establish the circumstances around her untimely death, it said.

“As a Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal, we would like to send our condolences to her family, the school and friends and we pray God gives them strength during this difficult period,” said MEC Kwazi Mshengu.

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