PROMINENT journalist and President Robert Mugabe’s biographer, Heidi Holland was yesterday found hanging at her home in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Zimbabwean-born Holland wrote the thought-provoking, ground breaking Dinner with Mugabe, a psycho-analysis of the Zimbabwean leader.
It is believed that she committed suicide, although the police were said to be investigating what could have transpired before she died.
An employee at one of Holland’s bed and breakfast establishments in Melville, Johannesburg, confirmed the death, although he indicated that they had been asked not to speak about it until the family issued an official statement.
“They found the body in her house,” he said.
“We are now waiting for her children to arrive, one is in Cape Town and the other is overseas, they are the ones who will speak.”
Holland was a journalist with more than 30 years of experience.
Other books she wrote include, The colour of Murder, African magic, Born in Soweto and The struggle.
But it was Dinner with Mugabe that brought her to the fore, as she related her chance encounter with Mugabe in 1975.
The book explores Mugabe’s relations with those close to him and how he deals with situations that confront him.