Jonathan Moyo’s Daughter Struggled With Depression – Colleagues Offer Condolences


HIGHER and Tertiary Education Minister Jonathan Moyo’s daughter, Zanele might have taken her own life as she suffered from depression, family sources have revealed.

Zanele, 20, was Saturday found dead in her room at the University of Cape Town where she was studying for a degree in Political Science, International Relations and Gender Studies.

As the sad news filtered through Saturday afternoon, Moyo was quick to confirm the tragedy through his twitter account on which he wrote: “God’s people my angel daughter Zanele is no more.”


The Zanu PF politburo member did not disclose any additional information, while he was also not reachable on his mobile.

Zanele Moyo

Close aides said he was on his way back to Harare from Bulawayo’s National University of Science and Technology where he had an interactive meeting with staff and students.

Incidentally, he got the sad news in the middle of an address.

Nothing much either could be gleaned from a statement attributed to the late Zanele’s aunt, Simiso Mlevu who said a post mortem was underway.

“Zanele Naledi Ntombizodwa Moyo (20) daughter of Higher and Tertiary Education Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo died in Cape Town, South Africa this morning (17/10/15),” said Mlevu in a press statement.

“She was found dead her room in Cape Town. She was a student at the University of Cape Town reading for a degree in Political Science, International Relations and Gender Studies.

“A post mortem and investigations are underway. Mourners are gathered at No 7 Rosary Close, Borrowdale in Harare. Funeral details will be made available in due course.”

But speaking on condition of anonymity, a close source said Zanele’s death could have been through suicide.

“She was found by a friend who had knocked her door repeatedly but did not get any response,” said the source.