There were mixed reactions in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s on Thursday as the Francois Joubert, lawyer of Mark Zinde asked the court to make arrangements for Zinde to undergo a psychiatric assessment.
Zinde faces charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, after he struck his father Dr Lebogang Mohale Menoto, who was reading a newspaper at the time of the attack, with a glass in his face.
Zinde also faces another charge of murder as it is alleged that he killed his mother, former journalist and SABC board member, Hope Zinde.
The defense had previously applied for a psychiatric assessment with his murder case at the Westkoppies Psychiatric Hospital. However, the report from the hospital declared that Zinde is fit to stand trial and suffered from no mental illnesses when he allegedly murdered his mother.
His lawyer has refuted the assessment and requested the court to be remanded to later date as he is waiting for a referral letter from their own doctor. Zinde will return in court again on 29 December for his matter on his assault against his father.
During Zinde’s last court appearance in September, Joubert was supposed to apply for his client’s bail, however, he abandoned his application citing that they needed their own psychiatric report to be made available to the court.
Zinde was then later released on bail of R10 000 in the murder case, but was sent back to prison after the alleged assault against his father. His mother, Hope Zinde, went missing for several days before her body was found stuffed in the boot of a car at Pecanwood Estate in North West.
He will appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court for the murder case on December 19.