Zinde fought to defend integrity at SABC - Sanef

2016-06-13 11:02
Hope Zinde (Photo supplied by Sihle Bolani Communications)

Hope Zinde (Photo supplied by Sihle Bolani Communications)

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Johannesburg - Murdered journalist and former SABC board member Hope Zinde fought for media freedom at the national broadcaster, the SA National Editors’ Forum said on Monday.

"As a board member [she was]… determined to ensure the corporation fulfilled its mission to the public," Sanef said in a statement.

"It was this commitment that saw her clash with the reigning leadership of the SABC, who are steadily turning it into a centre of sunshine journalism, where uncomfortable incidents of national importance are being steadily censored out of the news."

The forum said that Zinde had turned to both the ANC and the relevant government ministry in her attempts to "defend… integrity" – but had been "rebuffed".

Zinde’s son – who is in his 20s – was expected to appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with her murder. Her body was found in the boot of her Range Rover on Saturday in Pecanwood after a family friend went looking for her.

Sanef said that its members felt "collective shock" at the news of her death.

"South African journalism has lost a committed journalist, a campaigner for media freedom and a fearless advocate of sound corporate governance at the SABC…

"Sanef and its members convey our heartfelt and deep sorrow at the circumstances under which she died."

A large quantity of drugs and a 10kg weight covered in blood were recovered from Zinde and her son’s home on an estate in Hartebeespoort, according to police.

A family friend allegedly saw Zinde's son peeping through the curtains of their home at the estate.

According to police reports, the family friend had tried unsuccessfully since Wednesday to make contact with Zinde, but her son had refused to open the door.

He only opened the door when the police arrived. They then noticed bloody marks leading from the bathroom to the garage.

Early reports indicated that Zinde might have been dead since Monday.

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