Tragedy hit a Lupane family last week after a nine-year-old boy died by hanging himself in a botched mock suicide stunt while playing games with friends.
The Southern Eye reveals that the young boy died on Tuesday last week in Lusulu village while herding cattle with his friends in the veld.
The incident was confirmed by Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Chief Inspector Spiwe Makonese. She said:
Yes, we received such a report. We appeal to parents to take care of their children so that they do not get involved in activities which endanger their lives, especially such activities which might be termed ‘don’t try this at home’.
These activities involve imitating wrestlers, boxers, and some fiction like activities which usually come out on televisions, as these might lead to unnecessary loss of life.
A Southern Eye source close to the development had this to say:
They were playing this game at the grazing area where they tied a rope to a tree and one would come and place his neck around the knot and let the rope tighten around him, imitating how people committed suicide. Other boys did that and managed to loosen the grip.
However, when it came to the boy’s turn, he failed to remove the rope and efforts by other boys also failed.
When the elders arrived, the boy had already died and the body was taken to United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) for post-mortem. The lad was buried in Lupane last week.