Mafe bail hearing postponed, State adds more terrorism charges

The State added a new charge sheet that was handed to Mafe’s defence, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Mafe bail hearing postponed, State adds more terrorism charges

Mafe bail hearing postponed, State adds more terrorism charges photo credit: MSN

Alleged Parliament arsonist Zandile Mafe was meant to make his bail application in the Cape Town Regional Court on Saturday but it has been postponed again.

The National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson said that the planned bail application of Zandile Mafe was moved to Saturday, 29 January, after it came to light that he contracted Covid while in Valkenberg.

Mafe was released from Valkenberg on Wednesday after Judge President Hlophe declared the order that sent him there unlawful. He is currently in Pollsmoor Prison in isolation.

“Today, the State, Defence and the Acting President of the Regional Court met virtually to discuss the logistics of the bail application and the parties agreed with the defence as they are unable to consult with Mafe until he completes his isolation on 24 January 2022,” said Ntabazalila.

The State added a new charge sheet that was handed to Mafe’s defence, on Wednesday and Thursday.

The charge sheet was adjusted after Advocate Mervyn Menigo – the lead prosecutor in the matter – studied the docket again and spoke to the investigating officer.

Menigo felt that the charges “needed to be reformulated” and Mafe now stands accused of housebreaking with intent to commit terrorism and arson, arson, terrorism and theft.

Sources: OFM, MSN

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