Man shocks worshippers by driving 300 km to end his life in church
In an bizarre incident which left church elders reeling in shock, a member of St Joshua Catholic Apostolic Church drove over 300 kilometres to Maun to commit suicide.
Maun Police said they found 30- year- old Wazha Busumane’s badly decomposed body inside his employer’s bakkie at Sedie ward in the church premises.
Busumane, of Mambo village in the North East District left a suicide note urging church members to ‘pray very hard.’
Superintendent Kenanao Badumetse of Maun Police told The Voice in an interview that the man diverted from the errand his employer in Mambo had sent him on which was to pay bills and instead drove to Maun to end his life.
“He worked as a school bus driver in that village. We hear that the employer had given him about P2100 to pay some bills. He was reported missing at Masunga Police Station on the 20th of May when his family failed to contact him in three days,” said Badumetse.
Apart from the suicide note, Badumetse said, they recovered a 2 litre bottle with a liquid substance which they suspect he drank to end his life “The liquid has been taken to the laboratory for analysis,” said the policeman.
“We suspect he died three days before he was discovered because of the way his body was decomposed. He must have planned it on time because the church is located a few kilometres from the village and members go there only on Sundays,” said the police boss.
Masunga Police Station Commander, Superintendent Kgotlaetsile Oodira said the search for Busumane started after one of the relatives informed them of a disturbing phone message she received from him.
“The message sent us on a wild goose chase because it claimed he was at Ntimbale dam, only for us to hear later on that he was found dead in Maun.” said Oodira.
Meanwhile a shaken church elder, Mmaoshadi Keitheng Motsokono said it was hard to come to terms with the incident because Busumane was a humble and dedicated member of their flock.
“We do not know why he did this terrible thing. It might tarnish the good name of the church, but we will pray that it does not,” she said.