Pretoria – The son of former SABC board member Hope Zinde, Mark, will be readmitted to Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria to undergo mental observation for a month, the North Gauteng High Court ruled on Thursday.

Mark Zinde, charged with murder, drug possession, assault, and attempted murder, briefly appeared before Judge Papi Masopa.

The 23-year-old is accused of killing his 50-year-old mother in June last year. Hope Zinde is a former SABC board member, journalist, and television news anchor.

He was subsequently released on R10,000 bail in September but was re-arrested in November 2016, for allegedly attacking his father, Dr Lebohang Manoto, at his Walkerville home, south of Johannesburg.

The State charged him with assault with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm and attempted murder. The State alleges that he killed his mother at their home in Pecanwood Estate, Hartbeespoort Dam, near Brits.

Her body was found on June 11, 2016, inside the boot of her car. He was referred to undergo psychiatric evaluation at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital following his arrest.

The initial assessment report from the hospital declared that he was fit to stand trial and he was capable of understanding court proceedings.

The report further stated that he did not suffer from any mental disorder when he allegedly killed his mother.

Prosecutor Andre Wilsenach said Zinde’s readmission was based on the assault and attempted murder charges. In December, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) agreed to centralise the two cases.

The defence and his family have constantly insisted that he was not in his right mind when he allegedly killed his mother. The matter was postponed to August 29.