‘Hope Zinde was one of the flowers of SA’s revolution’

The former SABC board member has been laid to rest in Pretoria.

FILE: A memorial service was held for Hope Zinde. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte says former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member Hope Zinde was one of the flowers of South Africa's revolution.

Duarte was speaking at the well-known broadcaster's funeral in Pretoria this morning.

#HopeZinde The program for today's funeral service.TK pic.twitter.com/Az1bxWtal5

#HopeZinde The well-known broadcaster's funeral is being held at the Hellenic Community Hall in Pta this morning.TK pic.twitter.com/DWuzjb3uoX

Her body was found in the boot of her car at the Pecanwood Estate in Hartbeespoort Dam over a week ago.

Her son has been charged with her murder and he was also found in possession of drugs.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Hellenic Community Centre to bid farewell to Zinde

Duarte has described her as strong-willed woman, who always stood her ground.

"[She] was the emulation of a perfect image of a strong woman who didn't fear her duty."

She says Zinde contributed to the communication policies of both the ANC and SABC.

WATCH: Hope Zinde's memorial critical of drug dealers

At the same time, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says there's an urgent need for a national dialogue around how communities should tackle the scourge of drugs in the country.

Small Business Minister Lindwe Zulu spoke on behalf of Radebe at Zinde's funeral.

Zulu has urged communities to work with police in fighting drug abuse.

"The challenge with the issue of drug abuse is that we do not identify the problem in time."

She says she believes Zinde's death has affected the country.

"I'm sure I speak for many South Africans when I say her passing has affected us all."