Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
3 minute read
30 Nov 2021
5:30 am

Suicide statistics alarming ahead of festive season

Marizka Coetzer

MEC said loss of income from the Covid lockdown was the main contributing factor to a 90% increase in Gauteng suicide cases.

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With the festive season creeping closer, more suicides are being recorded and suicide statistics kept rising at an alarming rate. Over the weekend, DA Gauteng shadow MEC for social development Refiloe Nt’sekhe said in a statement the loss of income from the Covid lockdown was the main contributing factor to a 90% increase in Gauteng suicide cases. South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) operations director Cassey Chambers said the organisation was surprised to hear the stats released recently by the Gauteng department of social development. Chambers said the stats seemed low, even though suicide has increased by 90%. “We...