WATCH | Brief appearance for parliament fire accused who NPA says was found with 'an explosive device'

The case will resume on January 11 when Zandile Christmas Mafe's lawyer is expected to petition for bail.

04 January 2022 - 12:53 By Maryam Adams and NONHLANHLA MSIBI
Zandile Christmas Mafe, who is accused of being involved in the parliament fire, appeared in the Cape Town magistrate's court.
Zandile Christmas Mafe, who is accused of being involved in the parliament fire, appeared in the Cape Town magistrate's court.
Image: Maryam Adams

Zandile Christmas Mafe looked confused as he appeared at the Cape Town magistrate's court in connection with the fire that broke out in parliament at the weekend.

Among the charges he faces are house breaking, theft, arson and possession of explosive devices.

“The case has been postponed to January 11 for the investigators to confirm certain information which includes the residential address of the accused,” NPA spokesperson Erice Ntabazalila told reporters outside the court.

Luvuyo Godla, representing Mafe, told the court he does not pose a flight risk. He also stated that he has no previous convictions and is a suitable candidate for bail.

“This is a failure of executive and legislature, not of that poor person,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ntabazalila said investigators were unable to visit the crime scene to assess the extent of damage because of the flare-up of the fire on Monday afternoon.

“When we come back by next week Tuesday, I'm sure we'll have that information. I'm sure you've heard that the defence is intending to apply for bail. The state will oppose bail and more charges are likely to be added as the investigations continue,” he said. 


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