National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on Saturday appealed to the parents, in general, be "polite", so that their children can open up and express their feelings to them.
Mbete addressed about 3,000 mourners at KaNyamazane Stadium in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga during the funeral service Nokhwezi Mthembu, the daughter of the African National Congress chief whip Jackson Mthembu.
"There is a feeling in our children that we, as parents, want to determine who they should be," said Mbete.
"Children feel that we want to register who they are. This thing belongs to them so bad that they get bored. Sometimes you will find that children do not express themselves and to share with us all. Maybe we should ask ourselves how the older generation, if you see, the child does not express his feelings to you, why do not you give this child a shoulder to cry on? "
Nokhwezi committed suicide by hanging himself from the eaves in his room at their Pelican Park parliamentary village house in Cape Town on March 20, she was 25 years old.
Addressing the gathering, the national chairman of the ANC Gwede Mantashe advised Mthembu and his wife did not blame themselves for the death of Nokhwezi in. According to him, many children are exposed to enormous pressure in many aspects of life, such as in the workplace.
"It's too late to ask yourself why you have not seen signs [that Nokhwezi would end her own life], "Said Mantashe.
"There are things that are beyond your understanding. You are alive, Jackson. You are strong. Our children are placed under enormous pressure, and if they can not in their profession, they are not appreciated, "he said.
Nokhwezi was buried in the cemetery of Rocky Drift.
– Agency for African News (ANA)
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