Dies medical doctor

The late Khethokwakhe Zondo with his two-year-old son. Image: @Phislash / Twitter

Tragic: Man dies after graduating as a medical doctor, family suspects poisoning

Khethokwakhe Zondo has lost his life six days after qualifying as a medical doctor in Cuba. His family claims he was poisoned in Mandeni, KwaZulu Natal.

Dies medical doctor

The late Khethokwakhe Zondo with his two-year-old son. Image: @Phislash / Twitter

What a disaster this is. A new medical doctor graduate and his family were still celebrating his career achievement when Zondo suddenly died on 16 December in Mandeni. They feel he was killed with food poisoning.


According to the gloomy report, the 30-year-old Zondo met his untimely death while he was getting rushed to hospital on 16 December.

This was just barely a week after he had been handed his qualification as a medical doctor. The Zondo’s believe that their son was killed by food poisoning.

“He just got sick so fast. We assume that he was poisoned [with a slow poisoning] the way things happened,” his sister Nomthandazo Zondo told News24.

“He passed away on 16 December 2021 on his way to the hospital.”


It is said that the late medical doctor earned his qualification in Cuba via the South Africa-Cuba Medical Training Programme. After finishing matric, Zondo first studied engineering at Umfolozi College but soon dropped out after earning a bursary to study medicine in Cuba.

The sister added to say that his brother was almost single-mindedly committed to providing a bright future for his young son.

“He wanted to open a business of property and logistics with his sister as partners, then build a double-storey house for his family,” Nomthandazo said.

“He wanted the best life for his son and better education. We are not coping at all. It’s hard to accept. He was a breadwinner to his family.”

One of Zondo’s colleagues paid a touching tribute to the late medical doctor on Twitter.

“Our colleague and friend Dr Khetha Zondo graduated just this past week and took this nice pic with his 2 year old son,” @Phislash said.

“Today we woke up to news that he is no more ???????????? Ulale ngoxolo Mthiyane ????.”