Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
3 minute read
8 Jan 2022
6:00 am

Alleged parly arsonist Zandile Mafe ‘has mental issues’

Reitumetse Makwea

Mafe made headlines this week following his arrest in connection with the massive fire that broke out at Parliament on Sunday.

49-year-old suspect, Zandile Christmas Mafe appears in Cape Town Magistrate's court in connection with the fire at Parliament in Cape Town on January 04, 2022. Picture: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

Alleged arsonist Zandile Christmas Mafe, who was charged with housebreaking with intent to steal and theft, two counts of arson, possession of an explosive device and destruction of an essential infrastructure, “had no idea what he was doing”, says an activist who runs a soup kitchen. Mafe made headlines this week following his arrest in connection with the massive fire that broke out at parliament on Sunday. According to the charge sheet, the state claimed Mafe “wrongfully and intentionally” placed and discharged “explosives, to whit, volatile liquid in containers in the parliament buildings” with the intent to cause damage. ALSO...