Soweto Man Kills Himself After His Wife Dies, South Africans Saddened

Soweto Man Kills Himself After His Wife Dies, South Africans Saddened

  • A madala from Soweto could not live without his wife and killed himself shortly after she died
  • The man's wife passed away and was buried on 23 March, and her husband committed suicide one week later
  • The story left South Africans heartbroken that the man could not see himself surviving without his wife

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered police investigations and court cases at Daily Sun for over three years. Do you have a hard news story you would like to share? Email with CA in the subject line.

A madala from Soweto killed himself after his wife died
The death of a madala who took his life after his wife died left SA in tears. Images: izusek and Kelvin Murray
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SOWETO – An elderly man could not live without his wife and took his life seven days after she was laid to rest. The man's death brought tears to South Africans who mourned them.

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Soweto man kills himself after wife dies

According to Sunday World, Eric Ndaba doused himself with petrol after his wife, Esther, was buried on 23 March. His grandson, Phandelani, went to check on him on Saturday, 30 March, and he found the gates to the house locked. He knocked, and when there was no response, he climbed over the fence.

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Phandelani saw smoke coming out of the house, and after unsuccessfully knocking, the neighbours forcefully opened the door. They then found Ndaba lying on the floor, dead. Esther's brother, Marcus Mahuma, revealed that Eric was depressed after his wife died and struggled to cope with her loss as a result of a broken heart.

South Africans hurt by Eric's death

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Netizens on Facebook were left distraught after the man killed himself because he could not live without his wife.

Bongani Mgubela said:

"No one knows about a good thing until the good thing is gone."

Marcia ST Moabeo said:

"It was not wise to leave the old man alone after the death. The children should have taken him with to live with them."

Constance Dladla said:

"He couldn't live without her, eish."

Matsimele Mello said:

"This tells a lot about the kind of people he would remain with. His children must ask themselves a lot of questions."

Sharon Bri said:

"This is very sad and painful indeed."

Limpopo man kills girlfriend, commits suicide

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that a man from Limpopo committed suicide after murdering his girlfriend.

The couple got into an argument after going out for drinks, and the fight turned deadly. The man stabbed his girlfriend to death.

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He then took his own life, and South Africans were affected by how the death happened during the observance of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Source: Briefly News

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email:

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