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Townsend High suicide: Another girl sends a heartbreaking death message to mum


THE story of a 14-year-old Bulawayo pupil who allegedly committed suicide on Thursday, has taken a new turn following the discovery of a suicide note, supposedly written by a troubled ‘close’ friend, among the girl’s possessions.

Nomakhwezi Mzaca Nkomo, a Form Two pupil at Townsend Girls’ High School in Bulawayo, allegedly used her younger brother’s belt to hang herself on a screen door at their Sunninghill house in the city on Thursday night.

The note was allegedly written by a school friend (name withheld for ethical reasons) who threatened to kill herself yesterday.

 “I’m sorry mummy for being rude sometimes. It’s because I feel you don’t care about me and you only love **** (name withheld),” read the note.

“I’m sorry for this decision but I’m going to drink poison on the 25th…” continued the bizarre note.

Nomakhwezi’s parents came across the note as they went through her books.

Mr April Nkomo, Nomakhwezi’s father, said he would take it to Townsend High School so that teachers could assist the pupil who wrote it.

“I feel if this child is assisted, it could also unravel the mystery behind my daughter’s death,” he said.

Sources at Townsend Girls High School yesterday said pupils in Nomakhwezi’s class might need counselling as they all seem to have been affected by the death of a classmate last term.

Childline Zimbabwe yesterday said it was keen to establish the identity of the pupil who wrote the note and help her as she could be experiencing ill-treatment at home.

Bulawayo Provincial Education Director Mrs Olicah Khaira said suicide was becoming a worrying trend among school going youths.

 “We are worried about this growing trend of children resorting to ending their lives when facing various challenges in life,” said Mrs Khaira.

She advised pupils and parents to make use of guidance and counselling officers that are available at every school. state media