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Published: August 12, 2012
The last white journalist to hold an exclusive interview with President Robert Mugabe after-which she later wrote the book “Dinner with Mugabe”, Heidi Holland, has been found dead in her house in a highly suspicious incident at present ascribed to “suicide”.
Holland, a former Zimbabwe-Rhodesian who became close to President Robert Mugabe after writing in his favour in the 1970s, was found dead reportedly hanging on a tree at her house by her gardener.
She was 64 and had two children.
South African Police on Saturday issued a statement saying a gardener found Holland’s body at her home in Melville, a suburb of Johannesburg.
Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said it current evidence suggested that Holland had killed herself and according to him there were “no signs of foul play or a robbery”.
Holland wrote the 2008 book Dinner With Mugabe, which included interviews with many individuals within and outside Zimbabwe stretching to the United Kingdom where she also interviewed the highly controversial former Secretary of State for International Development, Claire Short.
Her book which includes her interviews with Mugabe, contained a strong critique of the president and portrayed him as the architect of the colapse of Zimbabwe’s economy through a violent and chaotic land grab program.
In the book she portrayed Mugabe as a former freedom fighter, who later turned president and then afterwards a sensational and unreal naitonal leader.