Debt stress kills woman

S'ne Masuku

S'ne Masuku

A 44-year-old Umlazi mother of two collapsed and died of a suspected heart attack last Thursday after debt collectors threatened to attach her goods.

She found herself in trouble after her best friend allegedly stole her ID document and used it to amass credit at various stores and banks.

Gugu Shange's life became miserable because of debt that her best friend allegedly accumulated in her name.

Shange was a nurse at Prince Mshiyeni hospital, south of Durban. Now her family are warning others to be on guard against something similar happening to them.

Shange's sister, Nomi Msibi, yesterday told Sowetan that her sister died allegedly because of what her "best friend" did to her. The family say her death is related to the stress of being in debt.

"She could not acquire any credit because she was blacklisted," said Msibi.

She only found out that she was blacklisted when she applied for credit at a retail store.

It was then that the family realised that the furniture that was purchased in her name was delivered to her friend's house.

"All the information points to her best friend who has confessed to stealing the ID and opening accounts and acquiring several loans," said Msibi.

Msibi said despite this, Shange had forgiven her friend.

The friend, Zodwa Khoza, admitted that she had stolen the ID and had given it to someone who had promised to buy her a linen set using Shange's ID.

"I told her what I had done, I cried and asked for forgiveness, and she forgave me," Khoza said.