Boy 15, hanged in his bedroom hut


Sukulwenkosi Dube, Plumtree Correspondent
A 15-YEAR-OLD boy was found hanged in his bedroom hut in what his relatives suspect is murder.

Thembelenkosini Ngwenya’s grandmother, Soneni Ngwenya, found the body last Thursday.

Ngwenya said she doubted that her grandson committed suicide.

She said Thembelenkosini had a belt tied around his neck and it was fastened to a wire line used for hanging clothes. Her grandson, Ngwenya said, was kneeling on top of his bed when she found him. Ngwenya said her grandson was only buried yesterday morning as the family had demanded to have the cause of Thembelenkosini’s death ascertained.“I had gone to a meeting on Thursday morning and l left my grandson at home alone. When I left everything seemed normal with Thembelenkosini and I didn’t suspect that anything was amiss,” she told The Chronicle.“I was shocked when I went back to find his lifeless body hanging by a belt from a wire. What surprised me is how he had managed to hang himself from a loose wire using just a belt. At the same time he was not hanging but kneeling on the bed.”

Thembelenkosini was staying with his grandmother as his mother works in South Africa. Ngwenya said the post mortem report had shown that her grandson had died as a result of strangulation. She said she suspected that someone could have killed her grandson before staging the hanging. Ngwenya said her grandson was a Grade 7 school dropout and efforts were being made to get him back in school.

Mnigau village head, Sechaba Nleya, who is also an uncle to the late teenager, said the community had been shocked by the puzzling incident.He said Thembelenkosini was supposed to be buried on Saturday but the family had agreed to postpone his burial until a post mortem report had been compiled.He said they had received the report but unfortunately it did not provide the family with desired answers to their questions. Nleya said none of his nephew’s friends or relatives had the slightest idea why he died.

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