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'Hope Zinde's death highlights scourge of drug abuse'

Cabinet Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says communities must confront drug abuse head on.

FILE: Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Cabinet Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says the death of former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member Hope Zinde, allegedly at the hands of her son, has highlighted the scourge of drug abuse in society.

The minister was among dignitaries who attended a memorial service for Zinde in Mamelodi east of Pretoria today.

The well-known broadcaster's body was found in the boot of her car at the Pecanwood Estate in Hartbeespoort last week.

Her 23-year-old son has been charged with her murder as well drug possession.

WATCH: Warona Zinde charged with mother's murder.

Ramatlhodi says communities must confront drug abuse head on.

"I call for partnerships between churches, schools, parents and government that this problem needs to be confronted in this spirit."

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