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Report: 667 suicides in SA each month

The SA Depression and Anxiety Group says at least 23 people take their own lives each day.

Sadag says at least 667 people commit suicide every month in South Africa. Picture:.sxc.hu

CAPE TOWN - At least 667 people commit suicide every month in South Africa, according to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag).

Sadag says there are many factors linked to suicides, but a big contributing factor is undiagnosed depression or other forms of mental illness.

Sadag's Dessie Tzoneva told the Redi Tlhabi Show that suicide remains a problem throughout the year.

"It really isn't particularly linked to the festive season. It is a year round phenomenon. We do tend to look at it a bit more at this time of the year, simply because there's a big media focus on the results that are coming out for matriculants."

She says they believe the daily suicide rate of 23 may be under reported.

"We think it's an under-reported figure because suicide is not very well researched in the country. A lot of people don't want to admit when that has been the cause of a death, especially in certain cultures there's a lot of stigma around suicide."

Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal police have denied reports that five teenagers have committed suicide after failing their matric exams, saying the story is a hoax.