Murder-accused Flavio Hlabangwane appeared briefly in the Protea magistrate's court. The 26-year-old is accused of killing a family member and dismembering her. He's being kept at Sun City's hospital section after attempting suicide twice. Silindelo Masikane brings us this report. Courtesy #DStv403
His lawyer says there are times Hlabangwane speaks to him as though he's the deceased.
Body parts believed to belong to his cousin were found in Hlabangwane's room a few weeks ago.
His partner found legs and arms inside his freezer.
A skull was recovered a few days later but the torso is still missing.
Meanwhile, the state says the assessment could take some time.
"The process now is for the accused to get space in a mental institution and that could take up to 18 months in our experience," said NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane.
The matter will be back in court on 28 January 2022.
* eNCA's Silindelo Masikane reports.