SHE HAS A HISTORY OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

The Zimbabwean mother, who stands accused of kidnapping and murdering her six-year-old daughter, is to be subjected to a mental examination in South Africa.

Fungai Nyamadzawo, 42, is also accused of defeating the ends of justice after she allegedly told police that her daughter had been snatched from the back seat of her car while she was driving in the area with her two children.

Prosecutor Sanesh Rambaran told the court on Wednesday that there had been new developments in respect of the accused's mental state. “The state is in possession of a sworn statement in respect of her history of mental conditions.”

Rambaran said the state had been informed that four doctors had previously treated the accused for mental health conditions and that the accused's attorney, Rakesh Maharaj, would furnish the state with these reports by Thursday.

The state remains opposed to bail in the matter. Magistrate Blanche van Eeden adjourned the matter to June 17 while the state determines the merits of sending her for mental observation.


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