Former SABC board member Hope Zinde’s son has made his first appearance in court in connection with her death. Mark Warona Zinde‚ believed to be 28‚ appeared briefly at the Brits Magistrate’s Court‚ on 13 June 2016.
The state told the court Mark Zinde has been charged with murder and possession of drugs. By the look of things, Mark was found in possession of an extremely powerful and addictive drug substance. It is alleged that the son murdered his mother for drug money.
The crystal form of methamphetamine, sometimes called crystal meth or ice, is extremely powerful and addictive. Some compare it to ‘crack cocaine’ as both are smoked and give an intense, powerful ‘high’ followed by a very severe ‘comedown’, and both are very addictive.
Methamphetamine is an illegal drug in the same class as cocaine and other powerful street drugs. It has many nicknames—meth, crank, chalk or speed being the most common. Crystal meth is used by individuals of all ages, but is most commonly used as a “club drug,” taken while partying in night clubs or at rave parties. Its most common street names are ice or glass.
Crystal Meth is the cause of all his actions and Mark faces punishment. It is alleged that he murdered his mother because of an argument over money to buy meth. He needs to be taken to a rehab and later sentenced to jail for the brutal murder of his mother. The following is what happened in the Brits Magistrate’s Court:
The son of former South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC) board member, Hope Zinde, has been instructed by the Brits Magistrate’s Court to undergo psychiatric evaluation after being charged with his mother’s murder.
His mother’s body was found in the boot of her car at the Pecanwood Estate, in Hartebeespoort, over the weekend, probably on 11 June, 2016. Hope Zinde’s passing shocked the country. A family friend apparently got worried when he failed to reach Zinde‚ 50‚ on her phone since Wednesday.
He is reported to have alerted the estate’s security and police when Mark allegedly refused to allow him into the house. Police subsequently found her body in the boot of her car and arrested her son. They said over the weekend that they found him in possession of an illegal substance.
Zinde was working for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa at the time of her death. A TV and radio journalist at the SABC from 1991 to 2006‚ she was appointed to the public broadcaster’s board in 2013.
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi fired her along with colleagues Rachel Kalidass and Ronnie Lubisi for allegedly not supporting Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment as chief operations officer.
The police say they hope a post-mortem will reveal the exact circumstances that lead to Hope Zinde’s death. People have taken to social media to remember the well-known broadcaster for her role she played at the SABC and how she groomed young journalists who came after her time.
Meanwhile, Zinde’s family has offered their support for her son. The family say they were in court where the 28-year-old suspect made his appearance.