Wits mourns student death, demand intervention to tackle depression

Students at the University of the Witwatersrand are voicing their frustration over a perceived lack of support from the institution after a male student committed suicide and a female student was rushed to hospital after attempting to end her life – reportedly within 24 hours.

Students voice their frustration over a perceived lack of support from the institution.
Image: Raymond Preston

Mpumelelo Tshabalala died on Wednesday night‚ his cousin Makhosini Buhali confirmed.

“It is with heavy heart to confirm the passing of my cousin brother Mpumi. I had high hopes that it was a silly mistake but after identifying your body‚ indeed you are gone Ntwanas‚” he shared on Facebook.

A friend‚ Matshaba Gontse‚ shared on Twitter: “Mpumi has done so much for me in such a short space of time. I’m struggling to come into terms with your passing. You were a friend‚ a leader and a mentor.”

The female student allegedly attempted to take an overdose of pills.

PanPan‏ @panda_pri94 shared: “#WitsSuicide this women had received an average of about 58% in engineering but someone was able to convince her that she was failing. She couldn’t take it. She took every pill she had.”

Students took to Twitter on Thursday‚ accusing the university of not hearing their pleas. They also claimed that suicides at Wits were common.

The students called on the institution’s Counselling and Careers Development Unit to do more to deal with depression on campus.

Wits University was not immediately available for comment.


Source: TMG Digital

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