Family shocked with man’s suicide

Siphosenkosi Ian Dunge (41), who hanged himself in a tree at the Dennesig dumping site last week, identity has been confirmed by his next of keen after seeing his picture and article in the Middelburg Observer.

Mr Dunge was found by two men while they where searching for their stolen motorbikes.

The deceased is from Don Doni outside Ermelo, but lives in Avalon, Mhluzi and did casual jobs around town.

Mr Dunge was last seen by his tenants the afternoon of 6 December when he came back from work. It is assumed he left early in the morning the next day. He never returned to his house.

The tenants got worried and started asking around but it yielded no results, until they saw the Observer on Friday and they immediately contacted the Dunge family about the unfortunate incident.

His family last saw him in 1994, but they always heard he was in Middelburg. He had promised to visit his family this Christmas for the first time in twenty years.

According to the deceased brother he was driven to suicide by jealous people.

“I know my brother, he is not a suicidal person,” said Bongane Dunge

“Although we haven’t seen him in twenty years, we knew he was in good spirits as he often called us,” added Bongane.

According to the family the tenants believe shoes that were found on the scene did not belong to him. His tenants also added that local boys broke into his house earlier that week and made him upset.

Mr Dunge had no spouse or children. He will be laid to rest on Sunday in Don Doni.

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