The ANC on Saturday extended its condolences to members of the South African and continental journalism fraternity on the death of former SABC board member Hope Zinde, 50, who has died.
The Citizen has, however, reported that she was murdered and that her son has been arrested.
“Media reports suggest Ms Zinde died in tragic circumstances, which has to be confirmed by the SA Police Service (SAPS),” the ANC said in a statement.
“Zinde was a well-respected journalist who began her career at the SABC and rose through the ranks to become an executive producer and anchor of a number of current affairs shows on SABC Africa.
“She was known for her passion and dedication to her craft, as well as her role in mentoring younger journalists,” the ANC said.
“Her expertise and experience in broadcasting saw her appointed as a non-executive director of the SABC board. She played a formative role in advancing the cause of public broadcasting in South Africa.
“An experienced communications professional she also worked as a communications adviser to a number of blue chip clients, including Coca-Cola SA, as well as for the [Electoral Commission of SA], World Bank, and various government entities.
“The South African communications landscape has lost a committed professional who left an indelible mark on the industry as a whole, and the ANC extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Ms Zinde,” the ANC said.
According to media reports, Zinde was found dead at her home at Hartbeespoort Dam in North West on Saturday.
She was found dead in the boot of a car and police were investigating a case of murder.
– African News Agency (ANA)