Jan 25, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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WATCH | Terror charge added as alleged parliament arsonist is diagnosed with mental illness

The man accused of setting fire to parliament may not go on trial if the state so chooses.

Zandile Christmas Mafe appeared in the Cape Town District Court on Tuesday, where the Prosecutors revealed the 49-year-old was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Now the state wants to admit him to a mental institution for 30 days and decide whether he is able to stand trial.

But Mafe A more serious indictment is now being brought after the state has brought charges of violating the Act to Protect Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities.

The indictment falls under Schedule 6, which puts the burden of proof on Mafe imposed. in the interests of justice, to bail him. The state has vowed to oppose bail.

According to the indictment, “on or about January 2, 2022 and in or near Parliament in Cape Town … the defendant illegally delivered, placed, dismissed “. or an explosive device or other lethal object in, in or against a place of public use, a governmental or state facility, d. Facility or system where such destruction leads or is likely to lead to major economic loss. “

Senior Counsel Dali Mpofu, who has been appointed to represent Mafe, requested a brief interruption, to consult him.

Mafe was clean-shaven and presentable on Tuesday, unlike his appearance a week earlier.

The hearing continues.