Hope Zinde murdered – son arrested

Hope Zinde

Nearly a week after her murder, the TV and radio personality’s body was found in the boot of her car at home.

According to police on the scene her son, who is in his mid-twenties, was arrested at his mother’s luxurious house in Pecanwood, Hartbeespoort, an up-market estate. It appears Zinde was murdered on Monday. This story was broken by the Kormorant.

In what appears to be an extraordinary turn of events, her body must have remained hidden all week after her murder. She is understood to have been 50 years old.

A family friend tried unsuccessfully since Wednesday to contact Zinde. He went to her house on Saturday morning to investigate and found Zinde’s son peeping through the curtains, refusing to open the front door.

A publicity photo of Pecanwood.

A publicity photo of Pecanwood.

He then alerted the Pecanwood security and the police. When the police arrived at the house, the son opened the front door. The police noticed some blood marks leading from the bathroom to the garage. Zinde’s body was found in the boot of her Land Cruiser. A bloodied 10kg weight was found in the bathroom. According to a police spokesperson, a large amount of drugs was found in the possession of her son.

Zinde was a nonexecutive member of the SABC’s board until 2015 when she was asked to resign. She was unmarried and apparently only had the one son.

According to her Bloomberg biography, Zinde had been an executive producer and anchor for SABC Africa. Since 2000, she served as the head of Hope Zinde Communications, which she established in 1998 and also Perspective and Anchor of 180-degrees with SABC Africa. She started her journalism career in 1991 as a newsreader, was promoted to writer, producer and anchor of various current affairs programmes and was involved in various freelance journalism projects. She served as corporate affairs senior manager at Ford Motors and performed various special adviser functions at Hope Zinde Communications: Communications – Limpopo Province, Coca-Cola SA, IEC, World Bank, department of transport, ADB, Unisa and RBZ, among others. She also served as as a non-executive director of Pan-African Capital Holdings and had her honours in psychology.

– Caxton News Service


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