Krugersdorp residents on their way to work yesterday morning were shocked to find the body of a man hanging from a tree in Coronation Park, next to Paardekraal Drive, Krugersdorp News reports.
One woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she was on her way to do her Christmas shopping at a nearby shopping centre when she saw the man’s body.
“He had short trousers on and a white shirt,” the woman said. “My dad died in the same way a few years ago, and this sight triggered a lot of memories.”
A passing motorist said he was entirely thrown by the sight. “I cannot unsee what I saw this morning,” he said. “It shocks you so much that you too feel the family’s pain within yourself.”
The identity of the man has been learnt but will not to be released out of respect for his family.
“He leaves six children behind; three of his own and three step-children, whom he raised with his ex-wife. I did not expect this to happen or him to do such a thing,” said a family friend who wants to remain anonymous.
“He was diagnosed with depression, but for a while it went very well.
“He had to deal with a lot over the past few weeks, but he seemed happy,” she added.
The step-children allegedly lived with him for a long time before his death, while their mother (his ex-wife) lived in Durban. She allegedly returned to Krugersdorp a few weeks ago and her children went back to live with her.
The man’s youngest biological child is nine years old.
“I feel sad for the family, especially since it’s two weeks before Christmas,” one woman said. “My sincere condolences to his family. I hope that God will give them all peace over this time of the year.”
– Caxton News Service