Psychiatric evaluation to determine Mark Zinde’s fitness to stand trial

Zinde made his first court appearance yesterday where he was charged with his mother Hope Zinde’s murder.

Mark Zinde at the Brits Magistrates Court on 13 June 2016. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A mental evaluation will now be conducted to determine whether former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member Hope Zinde's son is fit to stand trial for his mother's murder.

Mark Warona Zinde made his first appearance in the Brits Magistrates Court yesterday where he was also charged with being in possession of drugs.

LISTEN: Hope Zinde's son makes first court appearance.

His mother's body was found in the boot of her car at her home at the Pecanwood Estate in Hartbeespoort, in the North West, over the weekend.

Zinde's murder case will now be heard in the Brits Regional Court when it resumes on Friday.

It's believed the 50-year-old's body may have been hidden in the boot of her car for several days before she was found by police.

The defence has requested that Mark's mental state be assessed.

WATCH: Mark Zinde charged with the murder of his mother, Hope Zinde.

Authorities say they also found drugs, in the form of crystal meth, in the 28-year-old's possession at the time of his arrest.

Police are still investigating the exact circumstances which led to Zinde's death.

FAMILY PLANS 'BEAUTIFUL SEND-OFF' FOR HOPE

Zinde's family says they are planning her funeral while also taking the needs of her son into account.

The family says it's preparing to give her the beautiful send-off she deserves, while also ensuring that they offer her son their full support.

Zinde's son appeared lost and confused during his first court appearance yesterday.

The family says the date for Zinde's funeral is yet to be announced.