Attempted suicide: Woman drinks half a litre of paraffin

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Attempted suicide: Woman drinks half a litre of paraffin. Photo: RUSA
Attempted suicide: Woman drinks half a litre of paraffin. Photo: RUSA

A 27 year old woman attempted suicide by drinking paraffin at her boyfriend’s home in Rajkumar’s informal settlement in Tongaat, KZN.

On 5 January 2019, at approximately 09:12 the Reaction Unit South Africa Tongaat Operations Centre received a call from a member of the community reporting a disoriented female lying on the roadside.

Upon arrival her boyfriend informed Reaction Officers that they were at his home last night when his wife and kids unexpectedly returned. The girlfriend stayed over and during the early hours of this morning her boyfriend smelt paraffin.

It was then established that she had consumed approximately half a liter of the flammable liquid which was stored in a two liter container.

She was transported privately to a local clinic for medical attention.

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