Amid confusion and bewilderment regarding the untimely death of former journalist, Hope Zinde who was murdered by her own son, the deceased’s family say they believe Mark Zinde was either helped by some people to carry out the act or he was egged on to take his mother’s life, considering the strong bond she had with him.
Speaking to reporters during Hope’s memorial service in Mamelodi, Eastern Pretoria, Zinde’s uncle Jackson Letshufi told reporters, that the family does not believe Warona acted alone.
Attesting to the close relationship between the two, Hope’s childhood friend, Nomsa Nkuna said, “Hope lived for that boy. She literally lived for that boy.”
Mark Zinde Appears In Court
Mark Zinde briefly appeared in the Brits Regional Court on Friday in connection with the murder and will be required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
This decision came on Monday, after he appeared in court- the National Prosecuting Authority said Mark would have a court application issued to assess his mental capacity.
The former SABC board member was declared missing for some days but was later found in the boot of her Range Rover car after her friend alerted security agents of her disappearance.
The friend stated that before her decomposing body was found, she said she saw Mark peeping through the curtains of their home. He also refused to either pick her calls or open the door.
However, the suspect later opened the door when the police arrived. They then noticed bloody marks leading from the bathroom to the garage.
Warona Mark Zinde is 23 years old and not 28 as North West police said over the weekend. He is a student at Varsity College in Pretoria, studying for a BCom degree,” the family said.
Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku, said the matter has been postponed to July 18 while the deceased would be laid to laid on Tuesday 28, June.