U-Mafe Useqalile Ukuhlolwa Ngokomqondo

Written by on 14 January, 2022

By: Staff Writer

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that alleged arsonist, Zandile Mafe, has started his 30-day mental observation at the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital.

On Thursday, the NPA argued that Mafe should be referred to the psychiatric hospital for mental observation following a diagnosis and recommendation by district surgeon Zelda van Tonder that Mafe suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

Mafe appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court, where the presiding officer made the order for him to be admitted for observation.

He faces charges of two counts of arson, contravention of the Terrorist Act, and housebreaking with intent to steal and theft in relation to the fire in Parliament.

The case has been remanded until April.

Western Cape NPA spokesperson, Eric Ntabazalila elaborates.

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