Zandile Mafe, the man accused of starting the parliament fire, is expected to make a bail application on Saturday, 15 January.
The National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson confirmed that the State received a notice of motion for an urgent bail application for Zandile Mafe.
The bail application is expected to be heard on Saturday at the Western Cape High Court.
Zandile Mafe started his 30-day mental observation on 13 January. This follows after the State successfully argued that the accused must undergo observation after a preliminary observation found that Mafe suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.
“The defense attempted to oppose the state application but failed and the accused threatened to go on hunger strike if his bail application was not heard. He protested that there was nothing wrong with him. The state argued that it cannot be blackmailed or held at ransom by the accused. If there is a bail application and he doesn’t get released, does that mean he will go on hunger strike until he dies’?” said Ntabazalila.
Magistrate Zamekile Mbalo postponed the matter to 11 February for observation. Mafe’s defense, however, indicated that they would make an urgent bail application, which has come to pass.
Sources: MSN, The Citizen
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