Jan 25, 2022

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LISTEN | Suspected arsonist referred for psychiatric evaluation

The Cape Town District Court has referred alleged Parliament arsonist Zandile Mafe to a mental hospital for up to 30 days to see if he is fit to stand trial.

This after the state presented evidence that the defendant had paranoid schizophrenia.

The 49-year-old was arrested near the Parliament building on January 2 after a devastating fire that destroyed parts of Parliament.

The official cause of the fire has not yet been established, but the state has charged Mafe with double arson, possession of an explosive device, destruction of essential infrastructure and now a Schedule 6 charge of violating the P Rotation of Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorists Indicted and Act on Related Activities.

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