Hope Zinde murder - Son granted bail

Warona Mark Zinde‚ son of the murdered former broadcast journalist‚ Hope Zinde‚ has been granted bail. Magistrate Moses Maswanganyi ruled on Tuesday that it was in the interest of justice to release Zinde‚ 23‚ on bail. He set it at R10 000. He ordered Zinde‚ accused of taking the life of his mother‚ to appear at the court on November 22. Zinde also has to report to the De Deur police station‚ south of Johannesburg‚ every day until the case is finalised. He will stay in Walkerville with his father Lebohang Manoto‚ who is a doctor. Zinde was arrested on June 11 after he allegedly killed his 50-year-old mother at their upmarket estate home at Hartbeespoort Dam. Delivering judgment on the bail application at the Brits Magistrate's Court‚ North West‚ Maswanganyi said the state has not proven that Zinde was a flight risk. The state also did not prove that Zinde was a danger to himself or society. This was despite Advocate Hanna Conradie‚ the state prosecutor‚ arguing his release would endanger lives of two children and two women staying in Manoto's house. Maswanganyi said this was Conradie's opinion. Hope Zinde was laid to rest in Pretoria East three months ago. She was found dead in the boot of her car. Her son was arrested upon discovery of her body. Police charged him with one count of murder. Hope started off as a broadcast journalist at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in 1991. A broadcaster at the SABC until 2006‚ Parliament appointed her to the board of the public broadcaster in 2013.

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