Mark Warona Zinde has been declared mentally fit to stand trial for the murder of his mother, Hope Zinde. Picture: Masi Losi

Pretoria – Mark Zinde, who is accused of killing his TV personality mother Hope Zinde, had his provisional court date for Tuesday postponed because he is in hospital.

He was re-admitted three weeks ago at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria to undergo mental observation for a month.

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

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 re-admission 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. 

Zinde will make his next appearance after his mental observation report has been finalised.