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By Stanley Karombo

The Zimbabwean government has set up a team of detectives to investigate the death of Zenele Moyo.

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The three-member team, set up by Zimbabwe’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID), is expected in South Africa later Monday to begin the probe.

Zenele, 20, a second-year student in the University of Cape Town, was found dead in her outside campus apartment in mid-October. Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe said his government is not convinced by the explanation given by South African authorities regarding the death of Zenele.

South Africa officials said an autopsy has ruled out foul play and found that Zenele probably died of alcohol poisoning from excessive drinking. According to South African police, Zenele had tried to commit suicide before.
Gauteng provincial police spokesperson, Novela Potelwa, told Xinhua that South African police investigating the case were unaware of the coming of Zimbabwean investigators.

“It would have to be intergovernmental because they cannot just barge into the country. It is important that you can verify with the office of the Presidency,” Potelwa said.

The Presidential Office was also in the dark. “I’m not aware of that development,” presidential spokesperson Bongani Majola said tersely.

Zimbabwean presidential press secretary George Charamba confirmed the news, but stressed they had no intention to work without South African police’s support.

“It can only be a government to government arrangement. We have an obligation to demonstrate such effort to our citizens. It doesn’t in anyway question the efficiency of South African police,” Charamba was quoted in the Zimbabwean Herald newspaper.

Charamba said the Zimbabwean detectives were to work hand in hand with the local police.

The detectives will work under the South African Police Service (SAPS) with the help from Interpol, according to the newspaper.

The detective have requested another autopsy to determine the cause of Zenele’s death.

Moyo family spokesperson Simiso Mlevu said no stone will be left unturned and the family was optimistic that the team from Zimbabwe would come to the bottom of the cause of Zenele’s death. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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