VIDEO. This fire, which took 24 hours for firefighters to control in Cape Town, completely destroyed the National Assembly.
The fire broke out at the South African Parliament in Cape Town on Sunday January 2, but firefighters took 24 hours for it to be extinguished. Images of the incident
“The fire was contained overnight. The staff at the site were gradually decreased.”Jermaine Carrelse, spokesperson for the city’s firefighters said Monday morning.
There were about twenty rescuers still there. The fire continued in the oldest part of the building. This area contains treasures.e century.
The Library of Parliament, with its unique collection of books seems to have been spared.
Although the extent of the damage is not yet known, the grounds of National Assembly have been totally destroyed. “Most of the damage is undoubtedly at this building, which can’t be used for months.”Jermaine Carelse says so.
Inside Parliament, a 49-year old man was taken into custody. According to the Hawks, a highly regarded South African police unit that handles the Hawks’ arrests, he has been charged with “break and into, arson” as well as for threatening state property. He must be brought before the justice system on Tuesday.
The huge building is comprised of three parts. One housing the current National Assembly, one housing the National Council of Provinces and the other housing the upper house of parliament. The oldest part houses where former parliamentarians met.
Sunday’s fire started at 5 a.m. in a wing that was built in 1884. The rooms were covered with precious wood and the oldest wing had been completed in 1884. The most recent sections were built in 1980 and 1920.
The investigation’s first elements revealed that the fire started in two different homes. A cutoff in the water supply caused the automatic extinguishing device to stop working. President Cyril Ramaphosa must receive a report within 24 hours. He visited the site on Sunday.
For a first inventory, the presidents of both chambers and members the government must meet during this day.
In less than a year, Parliament has been set on fire twice more. In March, a quick-resultant fire broke out.
Since 1910, Cape Town has been the home of Parliament. Pretoria is the government’s headquarters. In February 1990, FW De Klerk, the last South African president who died in November, declared there that the racist apartheid system was over.