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Hope Zinde’s death 'highlights issues of drug abuse in society'

A private memorial service was held for the former SABC board member in Mamelodi yesterday.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi has called on South Africans to do everything they can to rid communities from the scourge of drug abuse.

Ramathlodi says South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member, Hope Zinde's death, allegedly at the hands of her son, has highlighted the problem in society.

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

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

Her 28-year-old son Mark has been charged with her murder, as well drug possession.

Ramatlhodi says something needs to be done urgently to rid communities of drugs.

"This problem needs to be confronted in that spirit, in very broad, aggressive campaigns, which will hopefully yield some positive results."

He also says parents who are aware of the stigmatisation of having children who are drug addicts, suffer in silence.

MURDER CASE RESUMES

Zinde's murder case will be heard in the Brits Regional Court when it resumes today.

It's believed the 50-year-old's body may have been hidden in the boot of her car for several days before she was found by police.

The defence has requested that Mark's mental state be assessed.

Authorities say they also found drugs, in the form of crystal meth, in the 28-year-old's possession at the time of his arrest.

WATCH: Mark Zinde charged with the murder of his mother, Hope Zinde.