‘Resurrected musician’ heads for mental hospital

2012-02-14 13:22

The man claiming to be the late maskandi singer Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo will be admitted to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation.

This follows the submission of an inconclusive psychiatrist’s report.

The recommendation for further psychiatric evaluation is based on the fact that the accused, Bhekani John Sibusiso Dlamini Gcabashe (28), admitted to seeing animals that other people don’t see, the Nquthu Magistrates Court heard today.

During Gcabashe’s second court appearance, state prosecutor Sam Mpungose told the court that a report by one Dr Magubane, a psychiatrist from the Madadeni Provincial Hospital, is not conclusive.

“The report was shown to the defence and we’ve discussed it. In short, it does not give us a clear indication ... it states that he [the doctor] cannot say whether the accused is psychotic or whether he was mentally ill when he committed the offence,’ said Mpungose.

According to the charge sheet, Gcabashe is accused of fraud committed from December 2011 until February 5 for “falsely and with the intent to defraud and give out and pretend to Samuel Khumalo and his family” that he was Mgqumeni.

“The recommendation is that he be taken to Fort Napier Hospital for 28 days,” added Mpungose.

His lawyer Senzo Mhlongo, a legal aid board attorney paid by the state, agreed that his client’s admission to Fort Napier might be the only way to take the matter forward.

Sporting black Levi jeans, a blue T-shirt and a black leather jacket, Gcabashe appeared to be in a better state than he was when he made his first appearance.

A week ago he looked timid in court. Today, he had his hand on the hip and looked around the packed court angrily as the spectators passed remarks despite being told repeatedly to settle down.

Mpungose said it could take up to six months for a patient to be admitted to Fort Napier Hospital.

As a result, he would request for the director of public prosecutions (DPP) to engage with the hospital to speed up the process, taking into consideration the nature of the case.

“We are aiming for three weeks tops. Which is why we are requesting for the case to be remanded until March 6,” he said.

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