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