After details emerged in court earlier this week of how Hope Zinde’s son Mark, struggled with drug addiction, the deceased’s family have called for the young man to be forgiven and prayed for, rather than being judged.
Zinde’s death highlights the scourge of drug abuse in South African communities. And many voices who spoke during her funeral called on appropriate authorities to speedily confront the problem.
Speaking at the former TV personality, Hope Zinde’s funeral, held on Tuesday at the Hellenic Community Hall in Pretoria, Minister of small business and development, Lindiwe Zulu, called for communities to stand up and take action against drugs.
“We call upon communities not to act until it’s too late before they fight drug abuse. We must remove drugs from our communities, schools, streets and universities (sic).
She however implored the community to refrain from judging Zinde’s son, Mark. “The family is praying and giving the young man support, if the family says that who are we to judge?,” she asked.
The funeral ceremony was clouded with gloom and emotions, as friends and family of the family wore sad faces to the event. However, the deceased only child, Mark Zinde, 23 years, who was formerly charged with her last week was missing funeral ceremony.
He has reportedly been admitted to Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital where he is undergoing observation.
Amongst the mourners who attended the funeral were a number of high-profile politicians and celebrities. Most speakers channeled their messages of support to Zinde’s mother‚ Audrey Zinde.
“We need to celebrate this wonderful woman. She never gave up on anything. Hope needed no validation to be Hope Zinde. She was Hope Zinde,” Duarte said.
Former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member Hope Zinde’s body was found in the boot of her Range Rover car at Pecanwood Estate in Hartbeespoort dam over a week ago.
A family friend stated that before her decomposing body was found, she said she saw Hope Zinde’s son peeping through the curtains of their home. He also refused to either pick her calls or open the door.
She was interred at the Garsfontein cemetery in Pretoria after the funeral service. She was aged 50.