Depression can lead to mental health problems

DUZE – A woman in the LUBOMBO Region of Central SWAZILAND has killed herself allegedly after her husband decided to end their THREE-year-old marriage.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND says the deceased, only named as THEMBI, had also tried but failed to kill her 12-month-old daughter.

It says she committed suicide by taking the deadly weevil tablets, a pesticide that contains aluminium phosphide and emits phosphine gas, which she also gave the toddler.

The newspaper says the late 39-year-old mother killed herself in KAJIMBA Area of SIPHOFANENI Town.

It further quotes family members as saying THEMBI had a misunderstanding with her 31-year-old husband, also only named as MANDLA, after he allegedly wanted to divorce her.

The TWO are said to have been married between 2014 and 2015, through the SWAZI Law and Customs; and a daughter was born from the union.

Relatives say after being informed of plans to end the marriage, THEMBI found it difficult to come to terms with the development as she had high hopes for the relationship.

They also say before her death, THEMBI had travelled with her husband and child from their house at PIGG’S PEAK to SIPHOFANENI, the home of the husband’s parents.

The couple reportedly had an argument that forced the husband to alight from the public transport they were using before reaching their destination; and it was their last time together.

Meanwhile, earlier media reports say about 125 people, 102 of them men and 23 women between the ages of 13 and 23, committed suicide in 2017.

ONE publication quotes National Psychiatric Hospital Administrator VIOLET MUWANJE as saying most of the cases were a result of depression.

The official says about 18 percent of the ONE-MILLION-343-THOUSAND people in SWAZILAND have attempted to kill themselves, and only FOUR-POINT-FIVE percent of them have survived the suicides./Sabanews/cam

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