Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg on fire during the unrest in July. Picture: Screen grab.
Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg on fire during the unrest in July. Picture: Screen grab.

Bail denied for man accused of torching Pietermaritzburg’s Brookside Mall

By Jolene Marriah-Maharaj Time of article published Oct 11, 2021

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DURBAN: The suspect allegedly linked to the torching of the Brookside Mall in Pietermaritzburg during the unrest in July has been denied bail.

The judgment in the bail application of Ndumiseni Khetha Zuma, 35, was handed down in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

Natasha Kara, the spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in KZN, said the magistrate said if bail was granted, public confidence in the criminal Justice system would be undermined.

The matter was postponed until November 25 for further investigation.

Zuma faces two charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act.

“The charges relate to the incidences of looting and public violence that occurred in KwaZulu-Natal in mid-July, in particular the burning of the Brookside Mall.”

Zuma was arrested in August. His bail application commenced on September 14.

He is being held in New Prison in Pietermaritzburg.

In late September, the Mercury reported that Msunduzi mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla placed the first ceremonial brick ahead of plans to rebuild the mall.

The municipality said the rebuilding signified hope for the city where several shopping centres were destroyed. Brookside Mall was among the worst affected, as parts of it were set alight and destroyed by fire.

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