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12-year-old primary school boy allegedly commits suicide

A 12-year-boy from Avanté Primary School in Randfontein, South Africa, allegedly committed suicide shortly after leaving a counselling session at the school.

It was gathered the deceased recently underwent counselling after concerns about his mental health were raised.

Gauteng education MEC, Matome Chiloane, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday, October 14, 2022, said the Grade 7 pupil took his own life last Thursday.

Chiloane, who visited the family of the boy on Friday afternoon said concerns were raised about the boy before the September recess after which he started receiving counselling sessions at the school.

“The incident occurred after counselling sessions with the pupil at school, emanating from concern about his wellbeing, before recess in September,” Chiloane said.

“The department and its psychosocial unit, with the Vuka Ukhanye NGO and other local support systems, are assisting fellow pupils with individual debriefing and counselling.