Mark Zinde curses as murder trial is postponed

He is accused of killing his mother at her home in the Pecanwood Estate in Hartbeespoort in June 2016.

Mark Zinde. Pictures : Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Mark Zinde, who stands accused of killing his mother and former SABC board member Hope Zinde, has shouted swear words at the conclusion of what was supposed to be the start of his murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria.

He is accused of killing his mother at her home in the Pecanwood Estate in Hartbeespoort in June 2016.

Zinde faces charges of murder, attempted murder, assault and being in possession of drugs.

The trial against Zinde's was initially set to get underway on Monday but was postponed because his lawyer has requested that he be readmitted to the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital for further evaluation.

He shouted and swore in court as he was being escorted down to the cells shortly after the court was adjourned.

His lawyer Francois Joubert says the Zinde is emotionally irrational and needs further psychiatric observation.

“It has to be investigated; what is going on with him? And for that reason, it will be in his interest to go back to Weskoppies [hospital].”

It's understood he allegedly attacked his father while he was out on bail and he will now undergo further evaluation.

Zinde is expected back in court on Thursday.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)