Last Updated on December 2, 2023, 10:24 am
KwaZulu-Natal officials condemn the violent murder of former TV reporter Jeffery Zikhali.
Jeffery Zikhali, a South African former TV presenter and government spokesperson, was killed on Friday, shocking the nation. Police officers discovered his dead body in KwaZulu-Natal during a routine patrol near the Ndabayakhe off-ramp on the R102 Road near Empangeni area. He was 59 years old at the time of his tragic death.
Who was Jeffery Zikhali?
Jeffery Zikhali was a former journalist and government spokesperson. He was a former presenter at eTV and SABC. He was a former primetime anchor at ETV and an SABC anchor, analyst, and presenter. He was also a former African Correspondent at BBC News. He was a spokesperson for the provisional agriculture and rural development department.
He was the former Head of News at Radio Khwezi and a former Missionary at the New Kwasizabantu Mission. He was a native of Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He was not married.
What happened to Jeffery Zikhali?
According to police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda, the police officers were on routine patrol when they found a body in Ndabayakhe in the Empangeni area. The police could identify the victim with the help of a cellphone and driver’s license found on the scene. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Zikhali’s body was found with a gunshot wound, indicating a crime. An investigation is underway to learn more about the circumstances of the shooting or the potential motive behind it. No further information is available at this publication as the police have not concluded their investigation.
Law enforcement agencies are profiling and identifying crime hotspot areas in the province and have increased police visibility to ensure the public’s safety. Col Netshiunda said the police have opened a case of murder for investigation after the former eTV and SABC anchor was found lying on the R102 road near Ndabayakhe off-ramp on Friday. The motive of the killing and the suspects were unknown at the moment, he added.
The Police Enlist the Help of the Public
The police have appealed to the general public to come forward if they have any information regarding the case. They have urged anyone with information to contact the Empangeni police station or call the Crime Stop at 08600 10111. Alternatively, tip-offs can be communicated through the MySAPS app.
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