A young teenage girl and South African school pupil, Lathitha Nako, 16 has committed suicide after she was bullied and accused by her peers of being a witch for having a spiritual gift.
According to the report, Lathitha before the sad incident was said to have contemplated suicide after she complained about the intense bullying she endured on social media platforms.
Lathitha who couldn’t take the bullying anymore eventually swallowed pesticide and died in hospital on Wednesday, November 17 in the Eastern Cape.
“I want to be done; I feel so empty, I want to die and rest in peace so that I can be free”, the Bhisho High School Grade 10 pupil said in a voice note sent to her friend before she committed the act.
Her devastated family has staged a protest demanding that bullying at schools must be addressed to prevent similar tragedies.
Nathitha wanted to become a doctor. Her family had high hopes, but it was thwarted by this tragedy.
Mother Kholeka Nako says, “My heart is sore because l will never see Lathitha again l will only see her in pictures. My heart will remain sore Bisho High School has failed. I struggle to sleep.”
Khula Community Development Project’s, Petros Majola says a program needs to be developed to stop bullying in schools.
“Let us sit down and develop a program that deals with bullying at schools. We are aware that they do have their own policies but at the same time we are not sure that they are vocal about these policies.”
The Provincial Department of Education is also investigating the circumstances leading to her suicide.
Watch video of the protest;