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Zandile Mafe alleged arsonist denied bail in the Cape Town regional court

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On Friday, April 4th, 2022, alleged house of parliament arsonist Zandile Mafe was denied bail in the Cape Town regional court.

After being charged with crimes including arson in connection with the deadly fire in the legislative complex in January, a Cape Town court denied him bail on Friday.

Zandile Mafe rejected the allegations, stating he “did not convince the court that extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant his release in the interests of justice,” according to the court.

The fire, which seriously destroyed portions of the legislative complex in Cape Town, has been branded as an attack on democracy by officials.

The state said Mafe bought fuel for R10 in Bellville and brought it to parliament in a cooldrink bottle during a prior appearance.

Video evidence shows the 49-year-old Khayelitsha man getting detained as he climbs out of parliament via a window with a kettle, silverware, shoes, and stationery, according to the prosecution.

“The individual wearing clothing that looked just like the ones you were wearing when you were detained is seen setting fire in parliament, using paper and boxes dipped in fuel and dumping it into the National Assembly,” the state stated in a statement.

“The individual was seen strolling about with gasoline in a Coke bottle and stacked office chairs in front of offices.” “Someone tore the curtains ripped provide fuel for the fire.”

Mafe testified last month that he slept on the streets in Cape Town β€” where he went to look for casual employment β€” to save money on transit back to his home in Khayelitsha, where “I have my fridge, my queen bed, and my DStv.”

He stated that if he was given bail, he would return to his home.

“The state has nothing to fear from my failure to appear in court.”

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