1 October 2018

South Africa: Death in People's House - the Family Needs Answers From Parliament About Lennox Garane's Working Conditions

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Left: Lennox Garane. Right: An image macro featuring text from a statement by the family of Lennox Garane.
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One of the numerous no firearms signs in Parliament. On the morning of 14 September an official allegedly shot himself. 14 September 2018. Photo: Leila Dougan

There has been an emotional outpouring of comments and speculation after Lennox Garane took his life at Parliament. I wrote about how the tragic incident had put the spotlight on staffing relations at Parliament. Now, after talking to Garane's family, I realised that I owed it to him to return to his story and fill in some of the gaps about his working conditions, and to give their account of why he ended his life.

This is an edited version of a column that was first published by Notes from the House

I owe an apology to the family of Lennox Garane, the senior manager of one of Parliament's international relations units who took his life in his office on 14 September 2018.

I wrote an opinion piece soon after I heard of the tragedy based on the information I had at hand, which was that that the trigger for him taking his life was that he had learnt that his contract would not be renewed.

I was shocked, but not totally surprised. Suicide...

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