'Ghosts told me to join Satanism'
The Nic Diederichs Technical High School pupil who allegedly killed a fellow pupil and injured three other people with a samurai sword claims ghosts told him to join Satanism.
This came out when state prosecutor Engela van der Merwe read out a letter from a psychiatrist who evaluated Morne Harmse at Krugersdorp Prison on Monday.
In the assessment, Dr MM Molefi-Litheko said Harmse had told him that he had been told by ghosts in a veld near his home that he should be a Satanist.
Molefi-Litheko recommended that the Grade 12 pupil be sent for further evaluation as he seemed depressed.
He recommended that Harmse be taken for further psychiatric evaluation at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital.
Addressing a nervous-looking Harmse, 18, magistrate Christa Breedt said: "You will be taken to Sterkfontein where you will be assessed by three psychiatrists and a psychologist. They will determine whether you are fit to stand trial." In a hushed voice, Harmse replied: "Ja".
Breedt explained to him that he had to come back to court on September 26 when results of the evaluation would be presented to court.
Harmse is accused of killing Jacques Pretorius with a samurai sword last week. He also allegedly injured two gardeners and another pupil at the school. He is facing a charge of murder and three of attempted murder.