The mother of Lufuno Mavhunga, the Limpopo schoolgirl who took her life after a bullying incident, isn’t coping with her daughter’s suicide.
In an attempt to help the family cope, a meeting between Lufuno’s mother and the mother of her accused bully is being set up.
Venda Chief Livhuni Matsila, who is mediating between the two families has said the reconciliation meeting was supposed to have taken place last month, but the Mavhunga family needed more time to grieve.
The meeting comes after the mother of the 14-year-old accused issued a public apology on live television last week.
In a sitdown interview with Newzroom Afrika, the mother who’s name cannot be revealed to protect the identity of her child said, “If there was something I could give that would return their child, or give her life, I would do it instantly. I wish wherever they are, they can be able to tap into my heart and spirit to feel and see where I stand with this whole situation. I wish their child was still alive.”
Community leaders and Matsila believe the meeting between both families is necessary to promote a healthier way of healing.
Lufuno’s death caused an uproar in the country, highlighting the severity of bullying in schools. A video of her assault circulated on social media, Lufuno committed suicide.
She overdosed on medicine she took when she got home after the assault.
This was not the first time she was bullied, and her family have spoken out about her losing interest in school.
She was laid to rest last month, where her family struggled to deal with the pain she must have gone through.
“As a family, we would not be surprised if this assault and bullying were not the first she experienced. But she decided to keep it to herself,” her brother Kenneth Mavhunga.