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Court rules Zandile Mafe must be RELEASED immediately from Valkenberg

18 January 2022

By Sphe J Hadebe

The lawyers of the accused parliament arsonist, Zandile Mafe, have tasted another victory. 

Just like I reported last week when Advocate Dali Mpofu joined the legal team of Mafe, that this case will take a different turn and will be very interesting.

Mpofu is that lawyer who really knows the law and when a case is represented by him, you know for sure that he is bound for a victory. 

Although there have a couple of times when he lost but his presentation at the court was very much in high standard. 

We have seen when he represented President Jacob Zuma and has had victory in that case too. 

On Tuesday during the day, the Western Cape judges President, Judge John Hlophe delivered an urgent verdict.

This case was held the Cape Town Magistrate's court. Advocate Dali Mpofu represented Mafe in his absentia to argue that he move to send him for psychiatric evaluation was unlawful. 

This comes after the state prosecutors produced a document from a district surgeon that had performed tests on him and stated that he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

Mafe's lawyers argued that Mafe being taken to Valkenberg was unlawful and unconstitutional. 

Judge Hlophe then granted them their plea and orders that Mafe be released from hospital with immediate effect. 

Hlophe stated that further detention of Mafe in Valkenberg hospital unlawful and should come to an end with immediate effect. 

This changed the previous court ruling that referred Mathe for mental observation for 30 days. 

Hlophe said he should be placed in a normal correctional facility and taken out of Valkenberg hospital.

Last week Saturday, it was Mafe's urgent bail application which was postponed to this coming Saturday.

Mafe faces charges of terrorism and arsony. In his affidavit, he denied torching the parliament but he said he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

source: https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/amp/news/2022-01-18-high-court-tells-state-to-release-parliament-arsonist-zandile-mafe-from-mental-hospital-immediately2/

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