Hope Zinde's son expected to be charged with her murder

The well-known broadcaster's body was found in the boot of her car at the in Hartebeespoort at the weekend.

Former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member Hope Zinde. Picture: Twitter @hopezinde.

JOHANNESBURG - Former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member Hope Zinde's son is expected to be formally charged with her murder this morning, when he makes his first court appearance in the Brits Magistrates Court.

The well-known broadcaster's body was found in the boot of her car at the Pecanwood Estate in Hartebeespoort Dam on Saturday.

Her 28-year-old son was taken into custody shortly after the discovery.

Zinde's son is expected to make a brief appearance in court today.

She was allegedly murdered last week Monday, but her body was only discovered this weekend.

It's understood a family member alerted authorities that she had disappeared and the subsequent search led police to the car.

The 50-year-old started working as a journalist at the SABC in the 90s, as a radio and TV personality.

Police are refusing to divulge any details surrounding her murder while her family has appealed for the media not to speculate about the circumstances of her death.


The SABC says it's saddened by Zinde's death.

The SABC's Kaizer Kganyago says, "We at the SABC have been saddened by the death of someone who was an employee and board member at the SABC. Our board's chairperson says it is with sadness that he hears about this."

The former SABC TV and radio personality has been described as a passionate journalist, who played a role in advancing public broadcasting in South Africa.

Messages of condolences have been pouring in on social media since reports of Zinde's death on Saturday.

Shocked by the news of #HopeZinde's untimely and tragic passing.What a loss. Condolences to loved ones & colleagues

Shocked by the murder of #HopeZinde who was engaging us on how to support students in financial need. Our prayers are with her family.

#HopeZinde in action, she glowed on air and off air. #RIPHopeZinde pic.twitter.com/A4IjZKBiqe

Rest in Peace #HopeZinde 💔

Just read the devastating news of #HopeZinde's passing. What a beautiful soul she was. May she rest in peace. Condolences to her family.

Many of those who have shared memories of her say they will remember the guidance she gave young media practitioners.

The African National Congress (ANC)'s Khusela Sangoni says Zinde was always willing to guide young journalists on their career paths.

"She diligently did her work and guided young journalists who came after her."

Kganyago says Zinde always did the best she could during her period as a board member.

"She played her part as a journalist in the organisation and a board member. She really did her best."

Her family has expressed gratitude for the messages received and stories shared about Zinde and says it's happy to see how she positively influenced others.