Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi has appealed to learners to focus on their education and refrain from things that may have a negative impact on their studies.

This follows the death of two learners from Phahama Secondary and Ho?rskool Bekker, who committed suicide respectively.

The first incident happened on Thursday, 14 November 2019 where it is alleged that a 17-year-old Grade 12 girl-learner from Phahama Secondary School committed suicide by hanging herself at home.

It is alleged that the deceased lost her new cell phone and was too scared to tell her parents, hence she decided to take her own life.

The second incident occurred on Sunday, 17 November 2019, whereby a 19-year-old Grade 12 Ho?rskool Bekker boy- learner allegedly shot himself at home, with his father’s firearm.

The deceased left a note which will form part of the police’s investigation.

The Psycho-Social Unit was dispatched to both schools to offer necessary support and counselling to all affected.

“It is unfortunate and regrettable that learners took their own lives in this manner. We take this time to send our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and the school communities, during this time of grief. No words are enough to express our sorrow at a loss of our learners. We hope that the families will find comfort in the knowledge that we too share their loss,” said MEC Lesufi.

Source: Gauteng Province