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Maun police are investigating a shocking and unusual case in which a 52-year-old South African man reportedly committed suicide by inhaling cooking gas at his home at Boseja ward in Maun.
Maun Police Deputy Station Commander, Assistant Superintendent, Michael Bagayi revealed that police received a report about the incident from the deceased’s friend on Monday afternoon.
The friend is said to have found the deceased lying motionless in his bedroom with a plastic bag tightened around his head with a tape, and with one end of the gas pipe stuck into his mouth while the other was connected to the gas cylinder.
Bagayi said the deceased was then rushed to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital where he was certified dead. He indicated that though their investigations are ongoing, the incident is currently treated as suicide.
The Deputy Station Commander confirmed that the deceased was a manager in one of the safari companies operating in the Okavango Delta. The South African national was staying alone here in Botswana. According to Bagayi, the deceased did not leave any suicide note behind or any form of explanation as to why he committed suicide.
Meanwhile Bagayi has indicated that the body of the deceased is currently lying at the hospital mortuary as police are working together with his employers to find his relatives and make arrangements for him to be taken home for burial.
According to Bagayi, the occurrence of such an incident in the spectrum of suicidal actions are very rare and is the first of its kind to occur in their policing area. He however revealed that the suicide was the second incident to have occurred in Maun since the year began.
The police boss has since advised the public to always seek help whenever they are having issues of concern instead of resorting to suicide as most problems can be solved.