Man commits suicide by driving off Chapman’s Peak

South Africa’s estimated suicide rate is 13.4 people per 100 000
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Chapman's Peak suicide

A man allegedly committed suicide by driving off the road at an outlook point on Chapman’s Peak Drive in Hout Bay.

On Sunday evening Western Cape Search and Rescue teams were still trying to retrieve the man’s body along the M6 route.

The body was seen by a helicopter at around 4pm but the accident is believed to have taken place at 2.33 pm on Sunday.

According to Cape Times, city of Cape Town Traffic spokesperson Maxine Bezuidenhout said

“Suicide is confirmed, alleged adult male drove over the cliff of Chapman’s Peak.  Currently only one lane closed on Chapman’s Peak.”

Western Cape Search and Rescue spokesperson Johan Marais:
“A person has been seen from the Skymed 1 helicopter somewhere below the viewpoint on Chapman’s Peak Road. The person is lying on a ledge in a dangerous position. Strong wind is preventing Skymed from operating safely under the circumstances. Technical teams will be deployed shortly.”
“We are engaged in a operation near Chapman’s Peak with the NSRI at present.”
Marais said they would have to try to haul up the body with ropes in an inaccessible area.
Last week, Stellenbosch University mourned the loss of student Wendy Chingono who is believed to have committed suicide at her home in Pretoria.
An article by the Citizen stated that, South Africa’s estimated suicide rate is 13.4 people per 100 000 which is approximately four times the global rate of 3.6 per 100 000.

Emergency numbers to call if you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts:

  • Suicide Crisis Line – 0800 567 567
  • SADAG Mental Health Line – 011 234 4837
  • Dr Reddy’s Help Helpline – 0800 21 22 23
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