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Parliament on containment of fire

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Fire breaks out in South African Parliament situated in Cape Town, South Africa. AP News Fire breaks out in South African Parliament situated in Cape Town, South Africa.

Presiding Officers of Parliament commend  team of firefighters

January 04, 2022

Staff reporter

Parliament confirms that the fire flare up that engulfed the roof of the National Assembly Building in the afternoon yesterday has now been contained.

The man arrested on allegations of arson regarding the fire at parliament which started on Sunday, January 02, 2022 Sunday’s fire at parliament, Zandile Christmas Mafe appeared in the Cape Town magistrate’s court today, January 04, 2022. 

Mafe who is from Khayelitsha, in Cape Town is currently facing five charges of theft.  

The fight against the fire continued into midnight following yesterday afternoon’s re-emergence of the fire which was propelled by solid south-easterly winds and necessitated the deployment of heavy-duty aerial fire-fighting appliances to reinforce the existing capacity.

The firefighters applied a courageous and brave fighting spirit in their fight for hours last night, and were able to put down the fire by midnight.

Reduction in the speed with which the wind blew assisted a great deal and placed the firefighters at an advantageous position to extinguish the fire.

Consequently, there has been withdrawal of the reinforcement , with only six of the ten fire trucks now remaining on the scene. It is hoped that further trucks will be withdrawn during the course of the morning. The firefighters remain on site for inspections of the various parts of the building.

Further damage has been caused, with more floors of the Building, which houses offices of Members of Parliament and support staff, being completely gutted. The roof of the Building around where the flare up occurred is now completely destroyed.

With the fire now contained, it is anticipated that the work by the multidisciplinary team of engineers, which arrived at Parliament yesterday to conduct assessment and establish the scale of the damage - amongst others , will proceed.

The Presiding Officers of Parliament have commended the team of firefighters for incredible work they put for days, even under risky situation,to contain the fire.



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