San learner attempts suicide by drinking acid

15 Oct 2014 18:44pm
OTJIWARONGO, 15 OCT (NAMPA) – A 19-year-old Tsumkwe Senior Secondary School (SSS) learner on Tuesday attempted suicide by drinking car battery acid.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Joseph Anghuwo confirmed the incident to Nampa on Wednesday.
He said the Grade 10 San male learner was interrogated by some of his teachers on Monday and Tuesday in connection with an article which appeared in a local newspaper last week, concerning the number of San learners in Grades 11 and 12 at that school this year.
According to sources at Tsumkwe who preferred anonymity, some teachers called the learner into a private room at the school, where they interrogated him to reveal the name of the person who told this agency about San learners at the school.
The sources said the teachers harshly questioned the boy and poked him in the face in attempt to make him talk.
Anghuwo said that shortly after the learner left that room, he was seen crying out loud.
He then went to open a case of common assault (CR: 04/10/2014) at the Tsumkwe Police Station against one of the teachers who allegedly poked him in the face.
From the police station the boy went home and drunk approximately one litre of battery acid, said the police officer.
He fell unconscious, and was rushed to the Tsumkwe Clinic from where he was later transferred to the Mangetti Dune Health Centre on Tuesday evening.
Contacted for comment on the matter on Wednesday, the Otjozondjupa Regional Education Director, Faustina Caley said she is aware of the incident.
“Our officials from the regional office are also in Tsumkwe now, and they will report back to me once they are back,” she said, adding that the learner is now out of danger and is recovering well at the Mangetti Dune Health Centre.
Asked about any disciplinary actions against those teachers, Caley said the investigation will also recommend on what type of actions to be instituted against them, if any.
Tsumkwe is situated over 260 kilometers south-east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region, and it is considered a core habitation area for the San community in the region.