Further delay in Zandile Mafe bail application

Further delay in Zandile Mafe bail application

The Cape Town man accused of setting fire to Parliament will have to wait until next Saturday for a decision on whether he will be granted bail.



The court was expected to hear an urgent bail application by Zandile Mafe’s defence team, but this did not take place.


It will first have to challenge Mafe’s 30-day referral to the Valkenberg psychiatric hospital. 


Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in the Western Cape Eric Ntabazalila says the first application will be heard on Tuesday. 


“The bail application did not take place because there is an issue of the referral of Mr Mafe to Valkenburg psychiatry hospital.  So, the defence will amend its motion to include that it wants to challenge that referral to Valkenberg. So we have to deal with that first.

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“That will be dealt with on Tuesday 16:00.”


Ntabazalila adds that the bail application will only take place in a week’s time. 


“And then bail application will be dealt with next Saturday. So today the bail application did not take place.”


During his last court appearance, the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court ruled that Mafe had to undergo 30 days of a psychiatric evaluation.


He has been charged with arson and terrorism for allegedly setting fire to Parliament on 2 January.

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