Popular Zimbabwean doctor based in South Africa Dr Sindi Zyl has died
Zyl was 45.
She was the daughter of former Harare Mayor and lawyer Muchadeyi Masunda
“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family of Dr Sindi Van Zyl, a popular Zimbabwean doctor based in South Africa. She carried the African flag high and made an unforgettable contribution to the lives of many. She made us proud and will be sadly missed. RIP.” MDC Alliance Nelson Chamisa said.
The former Kaya FM presenter, had been in hospital since February after being diagnosed with Covid-19, and was unable to celebrate her 45th birthday a week ago.
The family statement said: “The Van Zyl family humbly thank everyone who stood together with them recently to help raise funds for Sindi’s hospital bill, in addition to the national outpour of prayer, love and support for her.”
“Sadly, she passed away on Saturday morning April 10 in Johannesburg while in hospital.
“Affectionately known by her friends and family, she was a great doctor, true friend and sister. Her love for family, friends, work and community is well known.
“Sindi always offered support and great advice to educate those around her. Not only was she a beacon of love and light on her Kaya FM show Sidebar with Sindi and all her social media platforms, but she genuinely loved and gave endlessly to all she knew with grace and kindness. She modelled the love and grace that she knew in Jesus.
“She leaves behind her dear husband Marinus and beautiful children, Nandi and Manie.
“The family humbly request that you respect their need for privacy as they go through this difficult period of grieving, and ask that you keep them in your prayers.
“They are deeply thankful for all the personal messages of love and support. They are felt and appreciated.”
The statement said details of a memorial service and funeral will be confirmed at a later stage.
A crowdfunding campaign for Van Zyl’s medical bills raised more than R1m after it emerged that she had no medical aid when she was admitted to hospital in February, battling to breathe.