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DAMAGES: Suspect smashed court windows.

Police have arrested a suspect who attacked the Constitutional Court with a hammer.

FIRST Parliament was set alight, now police have arrested a suspect who attacked the Constitutional Court with a hammer.

National police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Netshiunda says the incident at the offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, took place just before 9am yesterday.

“Police were called in when a man was breaking the windows of the Constitutional Court with a hammer.

The suspect smashed court windows.

“Police ordered the man to stop, but he continued. Police then fired a warning shot and the man stopped.

“He was subsequently arrested,” Netshiunda said.

He said the 36-year-old man was expected to appear in court soon to face charges of malicious damage to property.

The Constitutional Court is the highest court in South Africa and was born of the country’s first democratic Constitution in 1994.

This is the second South African democratic landmark to have been damaged in days, following a fire that broke out in Parliament on Sunday.

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