Self-directed violence, which culminates in the loss of life, took a focal point in the Namibian police crime report with numerous cases reported country-wide over the weekend.
Statistically, Namibia has one of the highest suicide rates in the world and fourth highest in Africa, after Mozambique, Tanzania and Burundi (in 2012).
The current (2015) suicide rate in Namibia is 22.1 per 100,000 population compared with 11.4 suicides per 100,000 population worldwide (2012) and this rates continue to escalate with more Namibians taking their lives.
The latest incident reported to the Namibian Police occurred on Monday in the Tutaleni suburb of Kuisebmond in Wavis Bay.
“It is alleged that the 26-year-old Ndinelago Mbingana Shaanika used a rope to hang herself from the roof of the ghetto where she and her boyfriend were residing together. She was discovered by her boyfriend when he arrived home from work.”
Although the deceased person did not leave any note, no foul play is suspected.
In Omuthiya, on Saturday, 10 August, at about 12:00, at Okatope village, it is alleged that the deceased, Johannes Jukiipo Kasheshe, a 33-year-old Angolan male national hanged himself. It was reported that the deceased stabbed a female co-worker with a knife during a quarrel on Tuesday, 6 August.
According to the report the late Kasheshe fled the scene and the co-worker opened a case of Assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) at Omuthiya Police Station.
However before he could be apprehended, on Saturday, 10 August, the deceased’s’ decomposed body was found hanging with a rope around his neck in the bush. No suicide note was left behind and his next of kin have been informed.
In Tsandi, on Friday, 9 August, at 07:58, behind Tsandi district Hospital it is alleged that the deceased, identified as Abraham Semeon, a Namibian male hanged himself on a tree with a rope around his neck.
No suicide note was left behind and his next of kin was informed.
On the same day in Windhoek, Wanaheda, at an unspecified time during the evening, at Erf 139 Matsitsi Road, Goreangab informal settlement, the deceased, Likius Nicodemus, 53, hanged himself with a rope at his residence.
It is further alleged that the deceased locked himself in his shack and his wife discovered his lifeless body the following morning.
Furthermore, In Outapi, Friday, 9 August, at 07:00 at Olukekete village it is alleged that the deceased, Nghikufya Feinge Gottlieb Jerry, a 32 year old Namibian male hanged himself with a rope on a Mopane tree in his mahangu field. No suicide note was left behind and his next of kin was informed.
In another incident on Saturday, 10 August, at about 06:00 at Iipopo village Onakazizi area it is alleged that the deceased, Ismael Panduleni Domingus, a 22 year Angolan National who was a cattle herder hanged himself. It is further alleged that the lifeless body of the deceased was discovered by his friend who spotted him hanging from a tree with a wire around his neck.
Additionally, an inquest was also opened on Sunday, 11 August, 07:00 at N/a’an ku sê wildlife farm after the lifeless body of Tobias Claasen, 40 years old, was found hanging from a tree with a wire around his neck. It is further alleged that the deceased had a fight with his brother prior to the incident, but no suicide note was left behind.