Dewani's psychiatric report: No depression

A senior psychiatrist says Dewani's anxiety could 'more probably' be linked to his current predicament.

Murder accused Shrien Dewani. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - A senior psychiatrist at Valkenberg Hospital says honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani was calm, confident and self-assured when he was admitted to the Cape Town facility.

But his diagnosis that Dewani is not mentally ill is different to a separate report compiled by a private psychiatrist, prompting the prosecution in his murder case to officially apply for Dewani to be sent for psychiatric observation.

The British businessman is accused of hiring hit men to kill his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

Anni's body was found in an abandoned car in Khayelitsha following an apparent staged hijacking.

Dewani is accused of paying three men to kill her, which he has vehemently denied.

Three other men are already serving lengthy jail terms for their roles in the murder.

He was extradited to South Africa from the United Kingdom in April and is said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

But Valkenberg psychiatrist Dr Sean Baumann says Dewani is not depressed.

He says while Dewani appears to meet the standard criteria for a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis, his anxiety could "more probably" be linked to his current predicament rather than past events.

Baumann says the British businessman should be discharged from the facility, adding that further hospitalisation is likely to reinforce his avoidant behaviour.

Meanwhile, private psychiatrist, Professor Tuviah Zabow holds a different opinion.

He says Dewani is mentally ill in terms of the Mental Health Act definitions and is in need of care and supervision.

He has diagnosed him with panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and a mood disorder.

With two differing opinions on the matter, it's now up to a panel of four experts to decide whether he is in fact fit to stand trial in October.