No closure for the family of SA journalist, Yadhana Jadoo

The family of SA journalist Yadhana Jadoo, a news editor at The Citizen who died in Egypt early this year is struggling to find answers. Jadoo (34) was a guest of the Egyptian government and the African Journalist Union, along with 22 other African journalists, for a three-week fellowship programme.

Jadoo fell ill while she was in Egypt in April and died. Her family has finally received her autopsy report and they are shocked with its findings. Jadoo's sister Vedharshi Jadoo spoke to Joanne on the Afternoon Drive and expressed her devastation around her sister's death.

The autopsy results state that the cause of her death are methyl alcohol poisoning and there is no link to criminal involvement.

In the autopsy report it says that Adhana was alone at the time of her death and her roommate was in Alexandia, while we know that her roommate, Ghanaian journalist Gertrude Ankah Nyavi was with her throughout. This is not really encouraging for them to get such major detail wrong, which leaves us to ask why would they leave such important detail out. I have been in contact with Gertrude and I know that she was there.

Vedharshi Jadoo, Yadhana Jadoo sister

Previously we received conflicting reports saying that he cause of death was a diabetic coma. My sister passed away on the 25th of April, but her death certificate was made on the 28th of April. What took so long for the death certificate to be processed?

Vedharshi Jadoo, Yadhana Jadoo sister

According to messages she sent to her family, Jadoo said she felt unsafe in the country and was wishing to return home, she then told her family to contact the Egyptian Embassy in South Africa should they not hear from her within 24 hours.

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