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.
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.
“The death was only discovered when a locksmith was summoned to come and open the door.
“The body was found at 11.30am; she suffered from depression and depression is a very serious disease by the way. It can drive people in to self-harm.”
However, foul play could not be ruled out either on a politician who has created a good share of enemies within his ruling Zanu PF party and outside.
Moyo last month received death threats through his mobile for alleged attempts to torpedo Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ambitious attempts to succeed President Robert Mugabe.
Meanwhile, condolences poured in from local politicians, diplomats and top business leaders following Moyo’s bereavement.
Responding to Moyo’s twitter statement, Zimbabwe‘s ambassador to Senegal and opposition MDC politician Trudy Stevenson expressed “deepest sympathy on the tragic passing of Zanele.”
She added: “May she rest in peace. Prayers for you and your family at this sad time.”
EU ambassador to Zimbabwe Philippe Van Damme also responded, “From father 2 father, I join in the prayers of all &wish you all the strength required in this terrible ordeal. All my sympathy.”
Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi, who is currently in Zambia, said, “My dear bro we are saddened by this terrible loss! In Zambia now learning of this tragedy. MHDRIP.”
Speaking for himself, MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu, businessman Nigel Chanakira, ZEC commissioner Qhubani Moyo also sent their sympathies to Moyo and his family.
Credit: All Africa