Zandile Mafe's bail hearing postponed to 29 January after he contracts COVID

Alleged Parliament arsonist, Zandile Mafe, was due to launch his formal bail bid in the Cape Town Regional Court on Saturday but has contracted COVID-19 and is currently in isolation.

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 - Alleged Parliament arsonist, Zandile Mafe's, bail hearing has been postponed until next week.

Mafe was due to launch his formal bail bid in the Cape Town Regional Court on Saturday but has contracted COVID-19 and is currently in isolation.

Western Cape High Court Judge President John Hlophe earlier this week ruled that Mafe's magistrates court referral to Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital was unlawful and ordered that he be sent back to Pollsmoor Correction Services Facility.

The 49-year-old Khayelitsha man faces five charges, including terrorism and arson, relating to the blaze that destroyed the National Assembly building as well as sections of the Old Assembly Chamber on 2 January.

Mafe's bail hearing will now be heard on 29 January.