WhatsApp suicide man found hanged

Police officers collect the body of Godfrey Marange from a house where he was staying in Emakhandeni, Bulawayo. Inset, the late Godfrey Marange

Police officers collect the body of Godfrey Marange from a house where he was staying in Emakhandeni, Bulawayo. Inset, the late Godfrey Marange

Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent —
A MAN who sent a suicide note to his family’s WhatsApp chat group has been found hanged. Godfrey Marange, 38, told his family he had “paid for my sins” and asked that they look after his wife and children. Marange, of Emakhandeni suburb in Bulawayo, sent the apparent suicide message just before midnight on Sunday, only to be found at around 5AM hanging from a mango tree at his house.
His family said they were in the dark over what drove Marange to take his life, leaving behind his wife and four children.
Marange’s WhatsApp message suggested that he had done something terrible which, if he had been alive, would have brought suffering to his family.
His brother, Tapiwa Marange, said they failed to locate him from the time they received his disturbing message until he was found dead. He said they were shocked by the suicide.
The message, said Tapiwa, was first seen by a relative who lives in the United Kingdom who then communicated with Marange’s wife who lived with her husband in Emakhandeni.
“She phoned his wife who told her that he was not home. His wife is not on the group chat. Our sister phoned me and told me about the message which I checked and started phoning him and spoke to him. He said I shouldn’t be worried as he was going home,” said Tapiwa.
He said his brother, who was a member of Caps United Football Club Bulawayo supporters’ chapter executive, kept changing his statements about his whereabouts only to be discovered by children who were readying for school after 5AM.
“At one point he said he was on his way home but when I last spoke to him he told me that he was at Selbourne Hotel in town. He even gave the hotel number of the room he was at. So I was hoping to go check for him there in the morning,” said Tapiwa.
He said it was difficult for the family to come to terms with his actions as he did not show any signs of being troubled or depressed.
When a Chronicle news crew visited his house yesterday, scores of residents were gathered outside the house.
His friends expressed shock saying they were with him on Sunday watching football in the city centre.
The troubling WhatsApp message released by Marange’s family said: “I’m sorry to you guys miyedzo yepano panyika yakandikunda mufunge, asi torai chidzidzo kune pane izvi, ndaikwanisa kusadai asi vana vangu vaizongotambura ndiri mupenyu. Handina domestic kana mumwe munhu andituka ndabhadara zvivi zvangu zvepanyika, saka ndati dzidzai kubva pandiri.
“Mukadzi wangu ndinomuda nevana vangu, dai maikwanisa mamubatsirawo kuchengeta vana vedu ava, kudhara mhoswa dzaasingazivi. Chemai muine tariro vana sisi munun’una neni mukoma, sorry henyu masibbling ndapusawo ndikashaya zwekuita.”
The message translates to: “I’m sorry to you guys, I was overcome by the temptations of this world, but take the lesson from this. I wish I didn’t have to do this but my children would have suffered, even if I was alive. I don’t have any domestic problems and there is no one who has insulted me but I have paid for my sins here on earth, so I say learn from me.
“I love my wife and kids and if you are able please help her raise my kids, to pay for crimes they don’t know. Grieve with hope sisters, younger brother and you elder brother. Sorry my siblings to have been foolish. I didn’t know what else to do.”

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  • Max

    The man needed a shoulder to lean on when he was alive, he had a big challenge i guess and no one ever noticed. Let us learn to share our problems with our loved ones, it helps sometimes. Sorry to the family, God will see you through, we are with you in our prayers, God heals, time heals.

    • Makuyana

      True. Today it’s him, next time it may be you, me or someone else. There is no sin on earth that can be paid by killing oneself. Jesus died for all.

      • mqangala

        the police forensic should establish if the death is by suicide or a homicide, the position of the body the knot and other distinguishing marks, criminals can hang a person as they know that in most cases the police will close the case without investigating and site suicide, no stone should be left unturned

  • Mpisi

    It’s all Robert Gabriel Mgodoyi’s fault.

    • Mahlabathi

      Uvele uhlala untshuma. What else can you say. hamba uye hlala ehlathini le zilo ze ganga, Xamu ongela amaxolo, shame.

    • Zebron Dube

      KiKiKI Mpisi….below is one of RG’s wives Kikikikikiki

  • Bul-24/7

    What was he doing in Bulawayo anyway? People with names like that come here with notions of entitlement thinking that because of their assumed positions of privilege they will find things easy. When they discover the true situation and fail to cope with the difficult going, they take their own lives. To me; this is a case of another one bites the dust!

    • musa

      who then should reside in bulawayo?

      • Bul-24/7

        I’ve answered that already. Lift your eyes a little higher.

    • Caps Fan

      Which type of people are supposed to be living in Bulawayo and what are they supposed to be doing there? Are u Bul-24/7 trying to tell us something here?

      • Citizen 777

        You’ve got it. No further comment is needed.

        • vicious aggressive tactic

          THAT BULLCRAP WILL TAKE PLACE IN YOUR WILDEST OF DREAMS!!

          • Bul-24/7

            Like maybe the one you are having right now?

    • vicious aggressive tactic

      “…And, you better run because we’re going to destroy you for what you’ve just uttered.”

      • Bul-24/7

        Idle and stupid threats that will not go further than this platform. I’m not intimidated. But I hope that you were able to vent some of the frustration that is common of your types who come here to desecrate our region with your sh*t ways. Go back to your poverty stricken little village!

        • vicious aggressive tactic

          WOULD LOVE TO STEP ON YOUR INTESTINES AND CLEAN THE DIRT OFF FROM UNDER MY BOOTS WITH YOUR HEART!!

          • Mairosi Chibhanghza

            Shut your stupid mouth idiot.

          • Bul-24/7

            Careful that you don’t step on your brains. Yes, that’s how low they are. Anyway, I’m still not intimidated by a cowardly little piece of sh*t like you. Haven’t you got anything better to do than throw around idle threats; like perhaps clean your boots.

    • vicious aggressive tactic

      “I want this f**k where it breathes! I want this trash hurt! I want it’s family hurt! I want it’s house burned to the GROUND! I wanna go there in the middle of the night and I wanna PISS ON YOUR PARENTS’ ASHES!!!

    • Makuyana

      I am in Mutare and my neighbhour of more than 25 years is Khumalo of the royal Ndebele blood. No one has never asked him what he is doing here. We respect each other as human beings. In Zimbabwe, any Zimbabwean is free to stay in any place of his choice. That is called freedom. Do not ever think that a particular enclave is reserved for some people. Move around Zimbabwe and you will be surprised that there are many progressive people who don’t give a hoot about where you come from, or your tribe or creed. Just work hard and you will earn respect from every one.

  • kazulu

    so painful. may the family find strength in this trying time.

  • Doctor Do little

    Sad for the family. There is so much pressure in this time and point with no solution in sight. Sympathies to the man’s family.

    • blarazonke

      He could afford a room at Selborne, I suppose he was economically viable. He apparently was a soul in torture from something else he did.

      • Doctor Do little

        Maybe so my friend but people in businesses are also under pressure. Spinning money and doing deals in this environment is taxing to say the least. With many all is not what it seems. With some you realize that they were living in Castles made of sand when they depart from this world and the messenger of court arrives. Its a tough time in Zimbabwe.

        • blarazonke

          True doc, even the Midzis of high offices couldnt stomach it and went the same way. I remember the story of an American billionaire comedian who was making everyone laugh on TV and yet he was secretly suffering from acute depression until he committed suicide , to everyone’s utter surprise. MHSRIP, but I still wonder wht he did to feel so guilty to take his own life.

          • Mixed Race

            It should be easy to find out judging by his text message.I do not want to raise controversy whilst relatives are still moaning.Poor wife and children.

          • vicious aggressive tactic

            STOP QUOTING BULLSH*T THIS IS A SERIOUS AND TRAUMATISING ISSUE, TO THE CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND BY THIS MAN.

            STOP BULLSH***NG WITH OTHER PEOPLE’S MISFORTUNES PLEEEEEAAAAASSSSEEEEEE!!!!

          • Mairosi Chibhanghza

            Shut your stupid face

          • Mixed Race

            Your statement is almost acknowledging the disaster caused by him,therefore where is it different from mine!!!!Learn to be civil and use small letters in your comments to converse public forum space you so-called vicious person.

          • mqangala

            may be he was into dirty deals that left him feeling self guilty, did the police do a thorough job to investigate if he killed himself or was hanged, and did he originate the messages or this is the work of criminals

          • Bul-24/7

            The correct word for grieving is mourning not moaning. Nothing sinister in my post. Just trying to be helpful.

          • Mixed Race

            Correct mate thank you -typing was faster than spelling.Thank you again.

          • vicious aggressive tactic

            STOP QUOTING BULLSH*T THIS IS A SERIOUS AND TRAUMATISING ISSUE, TO THE CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND BY THIS MAN.

            STOP BULLSH***NG WITH OTHER PEOPLE’S MISFORTUNES PLLLLEEEEEAAAAASSSSEEEEEE!!!

          • Mairosi Chibhanghza

            Shut up fool

          • blarazonke

            Ok, Jotham.

  • blarazonke

    I hope he didn’t murder some innocent someone whilst alive. Otherwise wht else would make him feel so guilty? And the police shld send those metal coffins to mapostori for refurbishment. They are a hazard to both the dead and the bearers.

    • moon to

      it could be true, suicide is the route of the judas iscariots of this world

    • Mixed Race

      My tool box looks better than this metal cage not coffin!!!!

      • mqangala

        a coffin can not be beautiful as it carries the dead

      • blarazonke

        Even an old water font for cattle does not look so horrible. They must respect the dead. Better to use reusable body bags instead of these colonial relics. You go to any police station and you find them piled in some junk yard as if they have been discarded for good.

        • mqangala

          but the metal coffin has been in use since time immemorial, at times the police UD truck can come with lots of them if there is a mishap

          • blarazonke

            Yaa thats why I calling them relics. They got them from Ian Smith who never respected blacks dead or alive. They shld do something about those blood stained scraps that belong to the scrap yard. Are they not teaching metal work in the prisons?

    • Bul-24/7

      Hahahahaha … I like that!

    • vicious aggressive tactic

      I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE LACKING IN RESPECT, WHY USE DEATH AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRY AND GRAB ATTENTION, WHY???

      BUT WHY??

      • MaGumede

        I would agree with you if you stopped threatening to shoot people. Seems to me you also lack respect. Practice what you preach. Sympathies to the family on your loss

  • God of War

    This man is a selfish fool; how can he kill himself and expect his relatives to take care of his wife and kids.

    • blarazonke

      As a Kepekepe supporter, he must have been a Man U fellow as well. A number of them have suicidal tendencies. kkkkk (just poking a couple of my friends!!!)

      • vicious aggressive tactic

        STOP BULLSHI**NG WHEN OTHERS ARE IN SERIOUS PAIN !!!

        • blarazonke

          M sorry.

        • Mairosi Chibhanghza

          Don’t shout fool.

      • Gogodera Gwauya

        this is neither the time nor the place for silly jokes

        • blarazonke

          M sorry.

      • Tonde

        Poke your friends else where! Your joke was in bad taste. Shame on you!!!

        • blarazonke

          M sorry Tonde, but you are no angel as well.

      • Volcanic Eruption

        Ha, Blarazonke. Why mara?

    • Mahlabathi

      Circumstances that bother people are different and in his case lost all hope since his sins were so terrible that is discovered – relatives and friends would pass a death sentence on him.

  • Heartbroken

    Thank you all those who are sympathising with us in this difficult time.

    As Goddie’s family we are heartbroken by his untimely death.

    As a family we know that even though the assumed suicide not came from Goddie’s phone, his death is being treated as murder as the police who attended the scene ruled out suicide. The post mortem will reveal to us what really happened to him.

    Goddie was a loving father, husband and brother. He had no reason to kill himself. He was not a murderer and was not guilty of anything. He had no reason to commit suicide. He was a victim and he was murdered.

    Looking after his family is not going to be a problem for us. Only we wish that we did not have to do it because he is dead, murdered. We wish we could have done more to help him and to save him as he faced his murderers who took away his life.

    Farewell our brother. May your sour RIP.

    • Seles

      My heartfelt condolences to your family man. May God be with you in these trying times.

      May I urge fellow scribes to desist from reckless speculations. The truth will eventually come out.

    • Zuze

      Please except my deepest sympathies to all your family. This is a hard time but stick together and I hope your family peace and comfort by your togetherness.Sorry for your loss.

    • Quadro

      May the God comfort and heal your family of the pain you are going through right now.

  • Tonde

    May your soul rest in peace my brother and fellow Northerner. At least you are with the Lord now!

    • Red

      You are a very silly man.

    • blarazonke

      What a joke, this guy is confessing to murder. Ndabhara zvivi zvangu zvepanyika, chii ichocho??. He has paid back in full and he thinks he will be at peace with himself now??? Why would he cause so much grief to his own children and wife just becos he was afraid of jail time? “Vana vangu vaizongotambura ndirimupenyu” aripi blazo uyu vana vachitambura? The guys was afraid of life sentence , so wht ever he did was heinous to say the least. Hope the relatives won’t hide a telling confession note somewhere in that house.

      • musa

        i hope you are not a law enforcement agent. you assume a lot. ass u me a lot. dude never said he killed anyone. mere speculation

        • blarazonke

          Well , I suppose the next heinous crime after murder is rape. But whtever it is that he committed ,it must be huge. I have read a post from someone who claims to be a family member and I hope he is right that the poor guy was murdered and the whole thing was stage managed. But then the people who phoned him after receiving the message could have picked that it was not him. Why would he dilly dally about his movements on that day? They could also check his bookings at Selborne and the time lines. I somehow believe that the fellow hanged himself . And why would a murderer hang him at his house risking to get caught in the process? You don’t have to be a CIA to observe all this.

  • Volcanic Eruption

    Sad story, regardless of the circumstances. REST in peace buddy.

    To some guys, your comments are very disturbing indeed under such trying times. Put yourself in this guys family shoes and imagine such things being said to you.

    It hurts to lose somebody close to you, guess you will only realize when that happens to you, like barazonke and team.

    • vicious aggressive tactic

      THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR WORDS, THAT’S WHAT I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SCHOOL THE GUY.

    • blarazonke

      He is likely to have caused a lot of pain to some innocent family as well. The guilt in him was unbearable, unless he had a problem with halucinations of some sort. But then those things do not just emerge like that. The guy was filthy guilty somehow. Lets hope the truth will come out sooner rather than later.

    • NIC

      say that again my friend

  • Bul-24/7

    Well now that the silly village idiot (I think he goes under the handle Vicious ….. or something like that) has been chased off the platform, perhaps we can all settle down to some civilised deabating. Thanks to the moderator.

  • Jojochenjera

    While this is sad, it is a reflection of how social media has taken over our lives.

    • Themba

      There used to be suicide long before social media ! Judas Scariot

      • Jojochenjera

        I can not be held accountable for your ignorance

  • DJ91RN_GP

    i want to kill myself too and post the video on youtube. I’m sick of life

    • zaburoni

      go ahead superman ………… post it after death….

    • The Awakened

      Just do it and see, we wont waste our airtime to download it.

      • DJ91RN_GP

        fuseki

  • Munationalist

    Why is the police collecting the body from the house? I though this man is suspected to have hanged himself from a tree. Does this mean that the police were only arrived when the body have been removed from the tree? Did they have enough time to study the scene to pick any meaning full clues? The family is not convinced that this was suicide hence they need help in establishing the proper facts.

  • zaburoni

    either way this guy’s kids are going to suffer the consequences of his actions…he be dead or alive….

  • Umntanenkosi

    Awu kwakubi,umphefumulo wakhe kawulale ngoxolo.Ngolunye usuku iqiniso liyovela ngoba phela okulempondo akufihlwa emgodleni.Ngisola kabi itekinoloji