Jan 27, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Man accused of torching parliament begins 30 days in psychiatric hospital

The man charged with terrorism after the fire that destroyed much of Parliament began a 30-day observation at a psychiatric hospital on Thursday.

During an appearance before the District Court of Cape Town was Zandile Christmas informed Mafe that a bed was available for him at Valkenberg Hospital in the city.

Eric Ntabazalila, spokesman for the Western Cape National Prosecutor’s Office, said prosecutor Adnaan Gelderbloem had Mafe’s lawyer on Wednesday afternoon announced that Valkenberg had room for the 49-year-old.

During Mafe’s court appearance on Tuesday, when the case was adjourned to February 11, prosecutors received approval for their proposal to hospitalize him admitted after the district surgeon Dr. Zelda van Tonder had diagnosed paranoia in him as schizophrenia.

The defense tried to oppose the motion but failed. Mafe threatened a hunger strike if his bail request was not granted.

“He protested that he was fine. The state argued that he could not be extorted from Mafe or held for ransom,” Ntabazalila said.

On Tuesday, prosecutors withdrew an indictment of destroying essential infrastructure and added an indictment under the protection of constitutional Democracy Against Terrorists added Related Activities Act.