GOVERNMENT yesterday reportedly conducted a second post-mortem on Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo’s daughter, Zanele, after the family expressed reservations over the first autopsy conducted by South African authorities, whose results have not yet been released.
BY XOLISANI NCUBE
Close family sources said the second autopsy was done yesterday by a government pathologist under the close supervision of the police.
“After the professor (Moyo) had briefed the family upon his arrival with the body from South Africa, it was felt that a second autopsy be done here so that a second opinion is received to determine what really happened and the report is not yet out,” the source said.
“This was done to ensure that no room of doubt is left given the inconstancies in the conflicting narrations of events by South African police.
Yesterday (Wednesday), the professor held a meeting with the Minister of Health, Dr (David) Parirenyatwa, over the issue and this morning (yesterday), a second post-mortem was done.”
Family spokesperson Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday declined to be drawn to comment over the matter, saying investigations into Zanele’s death were still underway.
“I can’t talk about that now. All I can say is investigations into the matter are still on,” he said.
Both Parirenyatwa and national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba were unreachable for comment.
Zanele, who was 20 and a second-year student at the University of Cape Town, was reportedly found dead inside her off-campus apartment last Saturday.
Her family suspects she was murdered, although South African police have ruled out murder.
“We don’t have a murder docket, but an inquest still waiting for the determination by the coroner on what caused the death. We will then take it from there,” South African police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk Van told NewsDay from his base in Cape Town yesterday.
President Robert Mugabe has also pledged to pressure the South African government to get to the bottom of the matter.
Zanele will be buried at Glen Forest Cemetery outside the capital this afternoon.