Zandile Mafe, the man who allegedly started the fire that gutted Parliament has been denied bail.
The verdict was handed down by magistrate Michelle Adams on Friday, 5 February.
The bail application had been thrown out after Adams found that Mafe had not shown exceptional circumstances that warranted bail, reports News24.
Speaking to the media outside the Cape Town Regional Court, Mafe’s legal representation, Luvuyo Godla, indicated that they would be appealing the judgement.
“He is not satisfied with the judgment and he will follow the due process, appealing the judgment,” said Godla.
Godla reiterated that his client is innocent and that the state has the wrong person and should start looking elsewhere for a suspect, as per IOL.
The verdict comes after a lengthy bail hearing that took place last Saturday, 29 January.
The “homeless arsonist,” as he is being dubbed, faces multiple charges, including terrorism, robbery and arson. The charge of terrorism is a schedule six offence. In his appeal, Mafe stated that if he was released on bail he would return home to family in Mahikeng in the North West or stay in his home in Khayelitsha.