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Girl, 7, discovers father hanging in shack


The Galeshewe man’s lifeless body was found by his 7-year-old daughter when she went to bed.

Veronica Mothelesi, Tebogo Joshua Morris’ younger sister. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE POLICE are investigating an apparent suicide after the body of a 40-year-old man was found hanging in a backyard shack at his Galeshewe family home on Monday night.

Tebogo Joshua Morris’ lifeless body was found hanging from an electric cable from the roof of his shack. The gruesome discovery was made by his seven-year-old daughter just after 9pm on Monday, when she went to bed.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi confirmed on Tuesday that the victim’s body was discovered on Monday night in a shack by a family member and that an inquest docket has been registered at the Kagisho Police Station

“The circumstance surrounding the incident is not known. The police investigation continues,” said Mooi.

Shocked and grieving family members said on Tuesday that they had last seen Morris alive earlier on Monday evening before he went into his shack.

His wife, and mother of his six children, was sleeping in the bedroom with their one-month-old baby when the discovery was made.

According to his younger sister, Veronica Mothelesi, Morris had planned to commit suicide through overdosing late last year, but was “saved” by his 65-year-old mother before he could take the pills.

Morris earned a living as a handyman and by fixing electric appliances for customers.

Mothelesi said that Morris was a quiet person who never complained or told anyone about his problems.

“He has been acting normal and on Sunday he made dough and baked fat cakes for the family. Yesterday (Monday) we spent the whole day at home, and continued to watch soapies at night before he left for his shack where he sleeps,” said Mothelesi.

“After the soapies I sent the children to go and sleep.” She said that the children heard Morris’ seven-year-old daughter scream, but at first thought she was joking when she said her dad had hung himself.

“We were sitting in the living room and watching TV. His 14-year-old niece went to enquire before calling the 15 year old. That is when they called the rest of the family.

“He used the electric cable of the TV that he was supposed to fix for a customer.”

Mothelesi said they will especially miss Morris for his singing and sense of humour.

Morris was the fifth of nine siblings.