A form five student of Matshekge Hill Senior School Motswedi Boitshwarelo, 21 who hanged himself after a long illness was laid to rest at Motlhabaneng village over the weekend.
Boitshwarelo accomplished his mission on the fourth attempt as he had three times tried to kill himself before it was arranged that he go for counseling every Friday.
Speaking at the funeral, father of the deceased Motswaiso Mosarwa said his son did not sit for his final examination last year because of eyes problem.
“He once attempted to commit suicide, we took him for counseling and when we thought he was getting there he took his life. His mother was always giving him support until the day he was left alone for a long time.
“He had been ill for a long time and when he was recovering from one illness, another ailment would start. First it was his feet which were getting swollen, then eye problems and this August it was a headache which lasted almost a month. He was in great pain,’’ he said.
He also said what seemed to frustrate him even more was that his age mates were already in tertiary colleges while he was still struggling to finish high school due to illness.
Also speaking at the funeral was the deceased’s class mate, Charity who revealed that two days before Motswedi committed suicide, he refused to write end of month examinations saying there was no use since his days were numbered. She said he even wrote notes for her and said she will remember him with his hand writing.
“When he said all those things, I never thought they were suicide signs, I just took them as jokes. Had I known I would have informed our class teacher.’ she added
Disappointed school head Watson Basoli described the deceased as a disciplined student who was likely to be a top achiever in his BGCSE exams despite his illness.