Mlangeni said Pienaar further allegedly tried to undermine the rule of law by damaging court property and holding cells, which could have led to the escape of awaiting trial prisoners. This potentially could have caused serious harm to the public.
Mlangeni said gunshots were fired in the courtrooms and personnel, mostly women, had to be evacuated.
“Anyone who assaults a woman, assaults a nation.”
Mlangeni said on the charges, Pienaar had no respect for law and order and therefore it was not in the interests of justice to release him on bail.
Pienaar, who owns a construction company, sat calmly, with his face covered in a light blue surgical mask in the dock.
He looked straight ahead as Mlangeni went through his bail application.
His wife was seated in the second row of the court. She wept when he was denied bail.
After court adjourned, she attempted to slap the witness for the state, Brig Tshokolo Posholi. She was held back by a family member.
“He is laughing at me, he is laughing at me,” the woman said.