The man allegedly responsible for the fire in parliament appeared in court. Zandile Christmas Mafe, 49 from Khayelitsha, Cape Town was arrested on allegations of arson related to Sunday’s fire at parliament.
Zandile is charged with housebreaking, theft, arson, and further charges under the National Key Point Act.
Mafe has rejected all charges.
Magistrate Zamekile Mbalo postponed the hearing to 11 January 2022 to allow for further investigations.
Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in the Western Cape, Eric Ntabazalila, said the State investigators needed to confirm certain information, such as the suspect’s residential address and whether he has assets.

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Social media users also had an opinion about the alleged arrest. While some believe that a homeless- looking man is not capable, others think he is innocent.
Even Minister Fikile Mbalula had something to say abut the arrest.