'We lost an angel' - Family of bullied Durban pupil

'We lost an angel' - Family of bullied Durban pupil

The family of a Durban teenager who took her own life, allegedly after being bullied, says she had told them school felt like a prison.

Asanda Thethwayo

Asanda Thethwayo was in Grade 10 at Isipingo Secondary School.

It's understood she'd been taunted about her appearance.

"She felt like she is going to jail because of the way they treated her. But she didn't mention before she got sick. She mentioned that I think a few before he did that she was quit. I was playing with her and dancing with her. I have lost an angel," says her uncle Richard Ngema.

Asanda passed away over the weekend.

Ngema says they are devastated. 

READ: IFP wants answers over 'bullied' Isipingo pupil who took own life

"The important thing is to see justice take it's place. We want to see this thing to stop because it's not just Asanda that is complaining. There are more kids that are turning out."

It's alleged one of her alleged bullies was expelled from another school for the same reason.

Ngema has pleaded with the Department of Education to take decisive action on bullying. 

Newswatch has tried contacting the department. 

If you or someone you know are affected by this issue, you can ask for help by calling the SA Depression And Anxiety Group on 0800 567 567. That's 0800 567 567.


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