Man who allegedly smashed ConCourt windows could face more charges.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The man charged with smashing windows and glass doors at the Constitutional Court using a hammer could face an additional charge of contravening the National Key Points Act.
Paul Makaula, a 36-year-old from Dobsonville, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after allegedly taking a hammer to glass doors and windows at the Constitutional Court.
He is facing a charge of malicious damage to property at the moment, but National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said on Friday the state was considering bringing additional charges against him under the National Key Points Act.
His first appearance in the dock was a brief one and looked composed in the dock as the magistrate quizzed him on whether he understood the proceedings.
The court heard the damage done to the country’s apex court was estimated at R50,000. He is not applying for bail at this stage, and the case was postponed to March for further investigations.
During proceedings, the court also heard that Makaula was convicted of murder in 2010.
Mjonondwane said afterwards that he was released from prison on parole in 2019.
The NPA has appointed a state advocate to prosecute the case and said Mjonondwane, her offices were taking the matter "very seriously".
She said were the accused to apply for bail in the future that the state would oppose this.