Mark Warona Zinde is accused of killing his mother Hope Zinde. FILE PHOTO: ANA

Johannesburg - Mark Zinde, accused of murdering his mother, former SABC board member Hope Zinde, is expected to appear in the North Gauteng High Court on Friday.

On August 30, the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital requested another month to further observe Mark Zinde. At the time, his lawyer Francois Joubert told the court that his client could not appear because he was still under observation in hospital.

The State alleges the accused killed his 50-year-old 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. 

Zinde was arrested soon after that and relatives insisted he be sent for psychiatric evaluation. The court obliged and the accused was sent to Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital.

However, the initial assessment report from the hospital declared that the accused was fit to stand trial and was capable of understanding court proceedings. The report further stated that 23-year-old Zinde did not suffer from any mental disorder.

Zinde, who has made numerous court appearances was released on R10,000 bail in September last year, but was rearrested two months later in November after he allegedly beat up his father, Dr Lebohang Manoto, at his Walkerville home, south of Johannesburg.

Zinde has been charged with murder, drug possession, assault, and attempted murder.