Alleged Parliament Arsonist, Zandile Mafe, refuses to appear in court again

Alleged Parliament arsonist, Zandile Mafe, has again refused to leave Pollsmoor Prison for his court appearance today at the Western Cape High Court, delaying the case once again.

This is the third time that Mafe has refused to appear in court.

According to Mafe’s defence attorney, Luvuyo Godla, Mafe refused to leave his prison cell on Friday morning, when the pre-trial was set to commence.

The 50-year-old faces charges of terrorism, arson, housebreaking, and theft, and also refused to attend pre-trial hearings last year.

Godla told Judge, Nape Dolamo, that Mafe should be referred for psychiatric evaluation.

"I would humbly submit before this honourable court, that it be attributed as well to the urgency of this matter indeed that he be referred. I've communicated with him on a number of occasions," said Godla.

Judge Dolamo has postponed the matter to 10 February 2023.


Done by: Thaakiera Ackerdien


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