Hope Zinde's son to make third appearance in court today

Mark Zinde was referred for psychiatric evaluation to assess his fitness to stand trial.

FILE: Mark Warona Zinde, 28, Appears in the Brits Magistrates Court where he was charged with murder and possession of illegal substances. Pictures: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The son of former SABC board member Hope Zinde is expected back in the Brits Regional Court this morning in connection with her murder.

Mark Zinde is accused of killing his mother at their Pecanwood Estate home in Hartbeespoort Dam in the North West.

Zinde's body was discovered in the boot of her car last month.

The 23-year-old has also been charged with drug possession.

This will be Zinde's third appearance in court in connection with his mother's murder.

The 23-year-old was referred for psychiatric evaluation last month in order to assess whether he is fit to stand trial.

It emerged in court that he was on the verge of being sent to a rehabilitation centre before allegedly killing his mother.

His grandmother requested that the court to send her grandson for mental observation, as per his mother's plan.

The court also heard that the accused is believed to have become withdrawn, refused to communicate and locked himself in his room prior to his mother's death.

An affidavit to the court states that the Zinde become aggressive and violent.