Cape Town – A 36-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly damaging parts of the South African Constitutional Court.
According to News24, the man used a hammer to smash windows at the Apex building.
He was arrested on Wednesday morning outside the court in Braamfontein, Johannesburg and has been charged with malicious damage to property.
“Police were called in when a man was breaking the windows of the Constitutional Court with a hammer.
Constitutional Court. 😬 pic.twitter.com/gjqlyTK2jm
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“Police ordered the man to stop, but he continued. Police then fired a warning shot and the man stopped. He was subsequently arrested,” IOL quoted National police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Netshiunda as saying.
The man was expected to appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola said by attacking the Constitutional Court, the man had in actual fact attacked the country’s democracy, according to EWN.
“The minister said the Constitutional Court is a powerful symbol of our constitutional dispensation, the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law in our country and any person who attacks such an institution, is attack exactly what democracy represents,” the report quoted Spokesperson Chrispin Phiri as saying.
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