South African Authorities Charge Man in Parliament Fire

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A 49-year-old man was charged with arson and terrorism in the fire that destroyed the building last week

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Prosecutors’ spokesman Eric Natabazleela said the terrorism charge emerged because police found Mr Mafe “detonated a device inside parliament”.

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A Cape Town court ruled on Tuesday that Mr Mafe, who is homeless, must be admitted to a psychiatric facility for 30 days for observation, after defense said Mr Mafe suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. He will remain in prison until a place is available for him at the state psychiatric facility, Valkenburgh Hospital. The next hearing on Mr. Mafe’s case will be next month.

Mr. Maffe’s lawyer, Dali Mpofu, said he would bring a bail application on Mr. Maffe’s behalf as soon as possible.

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During a court appearance on Tuesday, Mr Maffee constantly nodded and said he would go on a hunger strike if he was kept in further custody.

“He doesn’t understand why the state, which never gave him food when he was on the streets, is so eager to feed him now. They believe he has been made a scapegoat,” Mr Mpofu said.

The exact cause of the fire has not been determined, but a preliminary report by Cape Town’s fire and rescue services showed that the premises had violated safety regulations, including old first aid equipment and sprinkler systems that have not been serviced since February. it was done. 2017

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