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High court orders RELEASE of the man who allegedly burnt the parliament

18 January 2022

By Sphe J Hadebe

The man who is accused of burning the parliament at the beginning of the year, Zandile Mafe has had a bit of victory as the court ruled in his favour.

Mafe was arrested at beginning of the year after the Old wing building at the parliament complex was set ablaze.

The Hawks started to investigate that case and they then came across Mafe,who was taken in for questioning after being suspected that he was the one who set the parliament on fire.

Later on that fire escapes to the National assembly and ruined the roof. As it is, the parliament is badly burnt and would need to be rebuilt as it is estimated it would cost around R3 billion.

In the past week, a court in Cape Town granted the state that Mafe be taken to pyschiatric hospital for mental evaluation.

This comes after the surgeon who examined him discovered that Mafe is suffering from schizophrenia and has to be admitted at the hospital for 30 days evaluation.

Mafe's lawyers said that they were not informed of this decision and it was taken when Mafe had no legal representative, a day before they joined to represent him.

Last week, Advocate Dali Mpofu joined the legal team representing Mafe and argued that the hospital admission at the psychiatric place is unlawful since the decision was taken without the lawyer's presence.

They filed an urgent application at the court to have this decision turned down.

On Tuesday afternoon at the Western Cape High court, Judge President John Hlophe delivered a verdict where he declared the decision to have Mafe be taken to a pyschiatric hospital be declared unlawful and unconstitutional.

Hlophe then ordered the state to take Mafe out of that hospital with immediate effect and place him at the correctional facility.

On Saturday, Mafe's bail application will be heard at the very same court.


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