Spate of suicides cause for concern

By Confidente Reporter

THE coastal community has been beset by a spate of suicides this winter across all age groups.

In the latest incident, Ndinelago Mbingana Shaanika, a 26-year-old Namibian woman used a rope to hang herself from the roof of the shack in which she and her boyfriend had been living in Erongo Street, Kuisebmond. Her body was discovered by her boyfriend on his arrival back from work at around 19h30 on Monday. No further information was provided, although a post mortem examination would be conducted, the police said.

A young security guard at EBH in Walvis Bay similarly took his life at the end of July. According to the police, Amos Cornelius, a 24-year-old Namibian male worked as a security officer and reported for duty at EBH at the gate at about 18h00 on Wednesday, 31 July. But he hanged himself shortly thereafter with an electric cable from the iron rail of the stairs inside the building.

He was discovered by a colleague. Cornelius had left a suicide note, but the contents were not disclosed to the press. The police said no foul play was suspected. Earlier that same day, 38-year-old Elricca Izolda Smith also reportedly took her life by hanging herself.

According to the police at Walvis Bay, at around 10h00 on 31 July Smith hanged herself with a scarf from a showerhead pipe in the bathroom at her residence in Mandume Ndemufayo Street, Meersig. She was found by the domestic worker who was with her in the house at the time. It is understood that the last time the domestic saw her alive was about 09h00 that morning. In that case no suicide note was left, but no foul play was suspected, the police said.

Late on Sunday afternoon 28 July, 22-year-old Kyle Adams reportedly stole a key of the firearm safe from his father’s car, opened the safe in their residence at Jan Jonker Afrikaner Street, Hermis suburb, Walvis Bay, and took a revolver belonging to his father, went to his room and shot himself in the head. He sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to Welwitchia Private Hospital and admitted to ICU in critical condition. The following day at around 01h30 the young Adams succumbed to his injuries.

The police further reported that 77-year-old Manfred Mai, a pensioner living with his wife at the Retirement Village in Swakopmund was left alone on Thursday, 18 July, by his wife when she went to town for shopping. According to the deceased’s wife, when she returned at about 13h30 she found the house locked from inside. She tried to knock but there was no response. She managed to eventually open the main door and found her husband lying in a pool of blood in the bathroom, with his pistol in the right hand. It is suspected that Manfred Mai shot himself with the pistol once in the mouth.

Another tragic case was recorded on Sunday, 30 July when at about 12h51 the body of a young girl identified as 16-year-old Kaiyongua Venomambo, a Grade 11 student at Namib High School, was found hanging from the swing poles with a swing rope around her neck at Swakopmund Primary School. The police said a suicide note was found in her back pocket, but the details have not been made public.

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