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Cape Town fire: Arson suspect expected back in court today

Two independent investigations are under way into the fire that started on the slopes of Table Mountain on April 18.
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Cape Town fire: Arson suspect expected back in court today

A man accused of starting a fire on the slopes of Devil’s Peak is back in the dock on Wednesday.

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‘I had two calls in rapid succession indicating that they had seen three individuals moving through the bush starting fires,’ – JP Smith

Frederick Mhangazo, a Tanzanian national, was apprehended on Sunday, 18 April hours after another wildfire ravaged 650 hectares and damaged several buildings.

Mhangazo has not been linked to that devastating fire but faces a charge of arson after he was caught making a fire on the mountain slopes near Vredehoek.

He appeared briefly in the Cape Town regional court last week on Tuesday.

His case was postponed to Wednesday April 28 for bail information.

It’s understood that Mhangazo may have been living on the slopes of the mountain after moving to South Africa several years ago.

Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy told the IOL that two independent investigations are currently under way into the fire that started on the slopes of Table Mountain.

 

 

 

 

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