Man (38) appears in court for Cape Town fires

Man (38) appears in court for Cape Town fires

A 38-year-old man accused of starting the devastating Cape Town fires appeared in court on Tuesday morning. 

A general view of the forest fire, burning down the mountain towards Philip Kgosana Drive, one of the main arterial roads into the city centre, threatening the suburb of Walmer Estate, in Cape Town on April 19, 2021. The fire, which broke out on April 18,

Frederick Mhangazo is believed to be from Tanzania and was arrested on Monday.  


Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Western Cape Eric Ntabazalila says Mhangazo is facing a charge of arson.  


"His case has been postponed to 28 April.”


Meanwhile, South Africa National Parks (SANParks) says approximately 90% of the fire was contained by Tuesday morning, while at least 600 hectares of land were charred. 

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