Parly fire: Zandile Mafe now also facing terrorism charge

Zandile Mafe has made a second appearance in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning.

FILE: Zandile Mafe, the man accused of setting fire to Parliament, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on 11 January 2022. Picture: Kevin Brandt/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - The man accused of starting the fire that gutted parts of Parliament now also faces a terrorism charge.

Zandile Mafe has made a second appearance in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning.

He had to undergo psychiatric evaluation after his arrest earlier this month and it's been found that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

Dali Mpofu has joined Mafe's defence.

He requested that the matter be adjourned for him to consult with his client.

Mpofu said that they received three documents from the State on Tuesday morning, including a preliminary psychiatric report.

The State wants Mafe to be admitted to the Valkenberg psychiatric facility for 30 days.

The defence, however, argued that he should be released on bail.

The case will resume later on Tuesday.