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COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by Adebayodavid: 3:53pm On Apr 16, 2020
Popular activist overdoses at home

Terrified at the thought of being stuck in doors for the next 28 days, in the early hours of Thursday 2 April – a day before Botswana was due to go into lockdown – 23-year-old Kutlwano Selaledi took their own life.

Selaledi, who was a gender non-conformist, meaning they did not regard themselves as either male or female, is said to have overdosed on their depression medication at their home in Palapye.

They were buried this Wednesday in a quiet ceremony at their home village of Gabane.

Described by friends and colleagues as a hero and lover of life, Selaledi, an unemployed law graduate from the University of Botswana, was said to have been battling with depression for some time

It seems their fragile mental state could not handle the thought of four weeks of extreme social distancing and the loneliness this would involve.

According to a source close to the family, Selaledi, nicknamed Bubbly for their friendly nature, was found unconscious by their housemate. They were immediately rushed to hospital but certified dead upon arrival.

“They overdosed on their depression pills. Selaledi had been suffering from depression but did not show any signs of wanting to take their life prior to the incident. They were as bubbly as their name,” insisted an insider.

Giving an insight into the crippling psychological torment raging inside them, on the day they died, at 00:36 in the morning, Selaledi posted on Facebook:

“Much as I try to deny it, suicidal thoughts have been lingering in my head so much lately. I thought going back on my meds would be helpful but even with numbed emotions, I still stay in my head. Trust that the isolation isn’t helping because yes that just means ample time for me to be in my head and it sucks coz my support system isn’t as strong as I’d wish it would be.”

Six hours later, Selaledi’s last message reads simply, “I’m sorry.”

They died soon after.

Tributes have since been pouring in on social media for the popular activist. The Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) organisation, to which Selaledi was closely associated, took to Facebook to offer their own heartfelt condolence.

“Bubbly was an activists, a friend, family, confidante, lover and a hero. We will always and forever remember you and we know that you are in a better place and that all the Earthly burdens have been lifted from your shoulders. You are and always will be a true shining star,” reads part of the message.

Warning that depressed people will be especially vulnerable during lockdown, a close associate of the deceased, who wished not to be named, urged the government to intervene.

“Government should consider looking into depression patients and how they are going to help them. I don’t know how but I foresee a lot of incidents like this.”

Meanwhile, confirming the sad incident, Palapye Station Commander, Beggar Nawa told The Voice, “We received a report of suicide of a 23-year-old. We don’t have any other details on the matter as it is still fresh.”

Efforts to get a comment from the deceased’s family proved futile at the time of going to press. Selaledi’s Aunt shared that she was already at the farm and could not talk.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/news.thevoicebw.com/suicide-in-lockdown/amp/

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by sagtav(f): 3:55pm On Apr 16, 2020
Chai. This is so sad. May her soul rest in peace.

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by weyreypey: 4:18pm On Apr 16, 2020
sagtav:
Chai. This is so sad. May her soul rest in peace.
Nothing sad here

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by wonuks(m): 4:35pm On Apr 16, 2020
shocked
Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by jericco1(m): 4:36pm On Apr 16, 2020
Even after been a gender non conformist, they died just like that.. you will think that themself will be free from the travails of this world if they could live the life they wanted but in the end it is still the same.. one thing that we should know is that been free is a mindset and not about what you allow the world to know you for.. RIP to they, theirs & themself.

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by Ijaycool(f): 4:36pm On Apr 16, 2020
Adebayodavid:


Terrified at the thought of being stuck in doors...

Selaledi, who was a gender non-conformist,

An unemployed law graduate from the University of Botswana, was said to have been battling with depression for some time

Selaledi posted on Facebook:

“Much as I try to deny it, suicidal thoughts have been lingering in my head so much lately."


Summary.


Meanwhile don't blame them (him or her) nor Covid19 for this tragedy, we all need we all.

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by Ikorodurealtor: 4:36pm On Apr 16, 2020
Gender non-conformist?
God didn't create no gender non-conformist.
It's either you are a man or woman.

If not that it's not good to disrespect the dead, I'd have said the person is confused.
Now, you have killed yourself after confusing yourself in this life.

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by GabinoMarket(f): 4:36pm On Apr 16, 2020
So ‘their’ because we don’t want to say ‘he’ or ‘she’? Wow just wow

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by CTGVenturesFCT(f): 4:36pm On Apr 16, 2020
As he kill himself now, wetin he gain?

Edited: The person doesn't have a gender. Neither male nor female.

This one confuse me abeg.

I was wondering why the article use the word "they".

Rest in peace.

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by TheChameleon: 4:36pm On Apr 16, 2020
angry

Gender confusion in the good old days was simply termed as psychiatric illness

But too much freedom these days. Hes want to screw Hes. Hes want to be Shes. Some say they are neither Male nor Female.

Koboko at an early age would probably have cured this.

Some will quote me from being "exposed" grin grin grin

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by Nobody: 4:37pm On Apr 16, 2020
This news dey confuse me. Why use "they", "their"? Shebi na one guy die.



GrammarNazi show yourself. angry sad

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by KingAzari: 4:37pm On Apr 16, 2020
Something been dey worry that one before. No be corona virus do that one. Na ogbanje.

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by oyi1(m): 4:37pm On Apr 16, 2020
May Her Soul or should I say His Rest In Peace
Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by Mopolchi: 4:37pm On Apr 16, 2020
Na waaaoooh! Why he kill himself na? sad

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by ENIGMATIC2023(m): 4:37pm On Apr 16, 2020
He is a monumental fool...

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by letitrainnow(m): 4:37pm On Apr 16, 2020
RIP

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by realstars: 4:38pm On Apr 16, 2020
He Is Prescribe As If He Is Two In One, Is It Becaused He Is A 'He' And A She? Can Fulk And Can Be Fulkd? As In One Person Enjoying The Two Instrument Of Sex

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by Idiotmod: 4:38pm On Apr 16, 2020
Blood of corona
Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by hybrid77: 4:38pm On Apr 16, 2020
Yanmiriflathead:
Fl..t H..d.s. The way e be so, na this one sure pass oh. Instead of you to spend the remaining years of your lives wailing. Why not try this and have everlasting peace?

Why are you this stupid

Insulting another tribe in the face of a suicide

Gosh ...so shameless

And before u act even more stupid, im an Urhobo guy

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by linkers: 4:38pm On Apr 16, 2020
Buhari pay lecturers. Ippis is fraud after all
Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by IsaacRocks: 4:38pm On Apr 16, 2020
Ha

Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by rawtouch: 4:38pm On Apr 16, 2020
we are all not making it out of this world alive

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by WIZGUY69(m): 4:38pm On Apr 16, 2020
Ajebo undecided
Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by Footballmo: 4:38pm On Apr 16, 2020
she will expialn this to her creator, why she took her own life...
Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by Nobody: 4:38pm On Apr 16, 2020
They should have found something to distract their mind while under the lockdown.

Right now, the Internet is the great distractor, plus they could go for exercise....or they could have learned some stuff online.

Then again, depression is a serious illness. I can understand why they were not able to cope, especially as they must have been fighting it every day. After a while, it gets tiring.

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by Nobody: 4:38pm On Apr 16, 2020
Yanmiriflathead:
Fl..t H..d.s. The way e be so, na this one sure pass oh. Instead of you to spend the remaining years of your lives wailing. Why not try this and have everlasting peace?

Please, don't mind this guy o.

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Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by DrWhizy(m): 4:38pm On Apr 16, 2020
May ‘their’ soul rest on.
Re: COVID-19: Kutlwano Selaledi Commits Suicide Over 28-Day Lockdown In Botswana by henrixx(m): 4:38pm On Apr 16, 2020
sorry for her. 28 day lockdown will pass life will contin6

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