HOPE Zinde was remembered as a hard-working, passionate and caring person at her memorial service yesterday.
Family members, friends and former colleagues from the SABC board attended the service at the Methodist Church in Mamelodi West, Tshwane.
Hope was found dead in the boot of her car at her home at Pecanwood Estate in Hartbeespoort, North West, on Saturday. Her son, Warona, is due to appear in the Brits Magistrates Court today on a murder charge and for possession of tik.
Alice Mkhabela from the public broadcaster said: “Everyone knows she liked to help others. Only God knows what happened to her, but one day the truth will come out. May her soul rest in peace.”
Professor Iris Moshe said Hope was an optimistic and brave person.
“She was gifted, creative, independent and focused on education. She always led us in the right direction and we will miss her.”
Speaking on behalf of the government, Public Service and Administration Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said it made no sense for a boy to carry the body of his mum to the car.
“As a community we must stand up and fight drugs. Let’s use the departure of our flower to fight drugs.”
Hope’s younger sister, Bondy Zinde, said words couldn’t describe the tragedy. “Hope was a real sister and very supportive to everyone, including her son.”
Loyd Mphahlele from the church read a poem.
“Don’t cry for me now. My body is gone but my soul is here. I’m the snowflake that kisses your nose. I’m the frost that nips your toes and the sun bringing you light,” he read.
Hope will be buried on Tuesday at Pretoria East Cemetery in Garsfontein.