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“Jump, jump” crowd slammed as inhuman

Bheki Themba Ndlovu’s family have hit out at a crowd for encouraging the man to commit suicide.

Bheki Themba Ndlovu who committed suicide in Johannesburg CBD. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of a man who jumped to his death from a Johannesburg building have described the actions of a crowd that chanted 'jump' as inhuman.

Bheki Themba Ndlovu on Thursday committed suicide from the fifth floor of a building, on the corner of Bree and Simmonds streets , in front of a large group of onlookers.

The 22-year-old man's cousin, Beauty Zibonele, told Eyewitness News she's angry the crowd made no effort to stop him.

"This thing is hurting me because people sometimes take things that are serious as a joke, which is not good.

"I can't cope for now and I can't hold [back] my tears because I wasn't expecting such a thing," Zibonele added.

She confirmed Ndlovu, a Zimbabwean national, was in South Africa for a month and in Johannesburg for only a day.

Zibonele said Ndlovu seemed possessed in the days leading up to his death, prompting them to take him to a church downstairs.

She said while her cousin appeared aggressive and disturbed last week, he had always been a deeply religious, kind and happy man.

Witnesses initially reported that Ndlovu was clutching his Bible, which was in fact a Zulu/English dictionary.

Paramedics were unable to resuscitate Ndlovu and he was declared dead on the scene.