South Africa Parliament fire suspect charged with terrorism

Prosecutors have brought terrorism charges against the suspect believed responsible for the South Africa Parliament fire.

The recent fire at the South African parliament chamber happened on the 2nd January and collapsed the roof of the New Wing which housed the lower chamber National Assembly, and partially collapsed the roof of the Old Wing.

A suspect was arrested and charged on Tuesday, but now faces a further charges relating to terrorism for the fire. The suspect was already facing five charges including arson, theft and housebreaking.

During an application for bail at Cape Town Magistrates Court, it was revealed the extra charge would be brought. A court document shared after the bail application stated: “[The] accused is guilty of the offense of contravening the provisions of […] the protection of constitutional democracy against terrorist and related activities.”

The additional charge of terrorism was added because the suspect had also been caught with an explosive device according to the prosecution said.

The case has been postponed until 11th February 2022.

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