A South African man, who has accused the country of arson in large parts of the country’s historic parliament buildings, has also been charged with terrorism.
Forty-nine-year-old Xandile Christmas Mafe made her second appearance in court on Tuesday. He is now facing multiple charges related to the fire, including terrorism, arson, sabotage and burglary and burglary.
Mafe was arrested shortly after a fire broke out in the Parliament buildings in Cape Town in the early hours of 2 January.
Laptop, documents and crockery were allegedly recovered from him. Prosecutors now say he also had an explosive device, hence the additional terrorism charge.
In his first court appearance, his lawyer denied all charges against him.
Maffe has since changed lawyers, and is now represented by the famous Dali Mpofu, who is affiliated with the political party of the left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters.
Mpfou is also representing the country’s former president, Jacob Zuma, who was jailed for contempt of court.
Mafe’s bail hearing was adjourned till February 11 and he will be detained in a psychiatric institution.
It was revealed that he had already been sent for psychiatric observation on 3 January and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
The estimated damage to the Parliament complex is just over US$14 million. This does not include the cost of movable assets such as computers and furniture.