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The man accused of setting the South African Parliament alight, Zandile Mafe has been charged with terrorism.

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Mafe made his second appearance at the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Tuesday, and he faces a schedule 6 charge for terrorism and two counts of arson, possession of an explosive device and the destruction of essential infrastructure.

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The state claims that Mafe was diagnosed with medical paranoid schizophrenia. According to reports, the state confirmed that he underwent a psychiatric evaluation to assess whether he is fit to stand trial, a few days prior to his first court appearance. The news was a shock to Mafe’s legal team who felt blindsided by the alleged mental illness.

This is a developing story.

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