Zinde erupts with pro­fan­ity af­ter trial’s post­pone­ment

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TANKISO MAKHETHA tankiso.makhetha@inl.co.za

MUR­DER ac­cused Mark Zinde shouted pro­fan­i­ties fol­low­ing the post­pone­ment of his trial at the high court in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day.

Zinde is on trial for the mur­der of his mother, SABC board mem­ber and jour­nal­ist Hope Zinde.

“F***ing funny, you f***heads. Where is that b***h?” the 23-year-old shouted, mo­ments af­ter his case was post­poned.

This was af­ter his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Fran­cois Jou­bert, in­formed the court that it in­tended to sub­mit a for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion to have Zinde read­mit­ted to Weskop­pies Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal for ob­ser­va­tion.

Ad­vo­cate An­dré Wilse­nach, for the State, said that ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment, Zinde faced four charges: mur­der, pos­ses­sion of il­licit sub­stances, at­tempted mur­der and as­sault. Count three (at­tempted mur­der) and four (as­sault) – were added yes­ter­day af­ter Zinde was ar­rested for al­legedly as­sault­ing and try­ing to kill his fa­ther.

“Count one and two fall within the dis­trict of Brits, while count three and four fall in the dis­trict of Vereenig­ing be­fore they were cen­tralised, prior to his (court) ap­pear­ance. There has not been a re­fer­ral for counts three and four for ob­ser­va­tion,” Wilse­nach told the court.

He said Zinde’s coun­sel had in­formed him that they would be sub­mit­ting a for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion for men­tal ob­ser­va­tion (for count three and four) on Thurs­day.

Jou­bert told re­porters af­ter the post­pone­ment that his client was not well. “He’s not men­tally well. He is a sick per­son, he’s a sick man. It’s dif­fi­cult to ex­plain. I’m a lay­man when it comes to psy­chol­ogy and I can’t ex­plain,” he said.

Ex­plain­ing the rea­sons be­hind the sub­mis­sion to have Zinde eval­u­ated, Jou­bert said: “That re­port was compiled over a year ago. New cir­cum­stances oc­curred in the mean­time and new charges were added.”

Ex­plain­ing that the State had added charges against Zinde, in­clud­ing at­tempted mur­der af­ter he at­tacked his fa­ther, Dr Les­ley Man­oto, while out on bail, Jou­bert said: “The State al­leges he at­tempted to mur­der his fa­ther af­ter at­tack­ing him while out on bail, a lit­tle af­ter the re­port was compiled by Weskop­pies.”

Jou­bert al­leged that af­ter be­ing ar­rested in Novem­ber, Zinde was as­sessed by a pri­vate psy­chi­a­trist who re­jected the ini­tial re­ports that were compiled by a team of doc­tors at Weskop­pies.

“We think there’s enough grounds (to re­fer him to a psy­chi­atric ward), we’ve got our own psy­chi­a­trist – Dr John Weinkove – who said Zinde needed to be re­ferred back to Weskop­pies for an as­sess­ment.

“I think it’s im­por­tant to find out what his men­tal state is,” Weinkove said.

“The con­clu­sion is that my client suf­fers from schizophre­nia,” he said.

Zinde was as­sessed in Novem­ber dur­ing his in­car­cer­a­tion in Vereenig­ing, and this year while at Jo­han­nes­burg Cen­tral Prison.


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