By Thys Khiba – Zandile Mafe, who faces charges relating to arson, possession of an explosive device and housebreaking, is on Tuesday expected to make his second appearance in the Cape Town Magistrates Court for allegedly setting Parliament alight.
This is after Mafe was arrested following the blaze that destroyed the National Assembly chamber as well as sections of the Old Assembly.
His second appearance comes after Magistrate Zamekile Mbalo granted the State a seven-day postponement to obtain further bail information.
Going into this court case, one of the key issues is whether Mafe will be charged with a schedule 5 or schedule 1 offence.
According to Luvuyo Godla, who is Mafe’s defence attorney, his client Mafe is being made a scapegoat and deserves to be released on bail.
Meanwhile, the State has already indicated that it will oppose Mafe’s bail bid.
This is a developing story
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