Mental capacity of Zinde's murder-accused son to be assessed

2016-06-13 15:30
Hope Zinde (Photo supplied by Sihle Bolani Communications)

Hope Zinde (Photo supplied by Sihle Bolani Communications)

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Johannesburg - Hope Zinde’s son, who on Monday was formally charged with her murder, would now have a court application issued to assess his mental capacity, the National Prosecuting Authority confirmed.

During an appearance at the Brits Magistrate's Court on Monday, Zinde's son – identified by the Sowetan newspaper as Mark Warona Zinde – was charged with murder and possession of drugs, said NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku.

"The case was postponed until Friday for the defence to make an application for an inquiry into the son’s mental capacity," said Mfaku.

The case has now been moved to the Brits Regional Court for the next appearance.

Mfaku said that if the magistrate granted the application, the son would be referred to an institution for the evaluation.

The murder accused remained in custody.

The body of Zinde, a journalist and former SABC board member, was found in the boot of her Range Rover on Saturday in Pecanwood after a family friend went looking for her.

A large quantity of drugs and a 10kg weight covered in blood were recovered from Zinde and her son’s home on an estate in Hartebeespoort, according to police.

A family friend allegedly saw Zinde's son peeping through the curtains of their home at the estate.

According to police reports, the family friend had tried unsuccessfully since Wednesday to make contact with Zinde, but her son had refused to open the door.

He only opened the door when the police arrived. They then noticed bloody marks leading from the bathroom to the garage.

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