Prosecutors want criminal sent for mental observation

2010-02-11 11:24

Prosecutors today asked the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court to send

an alleged criminal to a mental institution for psychiatric


Evans Tsietsi Mdebuka Radebe is accused of threatening on an

programme to “rob and kill” tourists during the Soccer World Cup.

Prosecutor Mienke Erasmus asked the court for a one week

postponement so the state could find a bed in a mental hospital for


The magistrate expressed concern that this would unnecessarily

delay proceedings, however Erasmus said it would be possible to get a bed sooner

than the current month-long waiting list.

The magistrate also expressed concern that Radebe’s case was

getting “preferential treatment” but Erasmus denied this.

Radebe, who the state says is possibly schizophrenic, told his

lawyers he did not want to go to a hospital and asked instead for treatment in

the form of tablets for his condition.

His defence counsel said Radebe became schizophrenic after the

death of his wife and child in 2000.

Radebe also complained he was being kept in a single person cell

and this could worsen his mental condition.

Radebe is alleged to be a self-professed criminal who, with his

identify concealed, gave an interview to on January 16 in which he said he

and others would “rob and kill” tourists visiting during the World Cup.

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