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Renowned entertainer Taliep Petersen's widow, Najwa, pictured, was yesterday referred by the Wynberg regional court for 30-days observation at the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital.
This was after she and co- accused Abdoer Emjedi were refused bail.
The Western Cape's acting regional court president, Robert Henney, who presided in the bail hearing, said Petersen's assessment would determine if she had the capacity to understand the proceedings at her trial in the Cape high court next year.
The assessment would also establish whether she had the required criminal capacity to be held responsible for her actions.
Petersen's murder trial has been scheduled in the Cape high court for February 25, when she will be joined by Emjedi.
Petersen was remanded to the women's section at Pollsmoor Prison, from where she would be taken to Valkenberg Hospital as soon as a bed became available.
Her counsel, Craig Webster, told the court his information was that a bed was already available, but prosecutor Shireen Riley said there was a waiting list of five other patients.
The hospital authorities were aware of the urgency of Petersen's assessment and it was for them to decide whether to allow her to "jump the queue", Riley said.
Petersen and Emjedi are to make a routine court appearance again on August 10. - Sapa