Police investigate child’s suicide

A 12-year-old child has committed suicide at her Joburg East home.


A 12-year-old child from Highlands North used her scarf to commit suicide and the reasons for her agony remain unknown.

The incident took place on 3 September on 4th Avenue according to the Norwood police, who have opened an inquest.

Police spokesperson, Captain Elliot Tshivhase said the child was found by her mother, hanging from her bedroom’s curtain rail.

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The child, according to Tshivhase, when the mother found her, was still alive and she immediately cut the scarf down and rushed her to the clinic.

“The mother apparently entered the bedroom and saw her daughter hanging from the curtain rail and ran to fetch a knife to cut her down,” said Tshivhase.

“She then immediately rushed her to the Alexandra Clinic where she received emergency treatment but was certified dead.”

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It is not clear what the reasons for her actions are but Tshivhase said police are investigating the matter. He said there was no suicide note or any other information to ascertain what led to this 12-year-old child to commit suicide.

“We hope that through our ongoing investigation we will be able to find out the cause of her committing suicide.”

Details: Norwood Police Station 011 483 4609.

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