THE man arrested for threatening tourists coming for the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup has been referred to Sterkfontein Hospital on the West Rand for mental observation.
Evans Mdebuka, also known as Tsietsi Radebe, will be sent for observation to determine if he will be able to follow the proceedings in court.
Prosecutor Mienke Erasmus told the Johannesburg regional court yesterday that the self-confessed criminal told a Pretoria state doctor that he was schizophrenic.
But Mdebuka's lawyer, Albert Phiri, said he was fit to stand trial and called him to testify.
Mdebuka said his condition developed after his wife and child died in the early 2000s.
He told the court he was aware of what he was doing during the e.tv interview.
He complained that he last took his medication on January 21 - the day he was arrested - and was now suffering from depression.
He said if he could take medication he would be fine.
His bail application continues next Thursday.