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The Presiding Officers of Parliament are assuring the citizens of South Africa that all efforts will be made to limit any disruption of the business of Parliament following the fire that gutted parts of the Parliamentary precinct on Sunday.

The fire that destroyed parts of Parliament today came at a critical time when Parliament’s preparations for hosting the 2022 State of the Nation Address and Budget speech are at an advanced stage. The Presiding Officers have confirmed that these flagship programmes of Parliament will not be affected by this unfortunate incident.

The Speaker of the National Assembly (NA), Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and the Chairpersons n of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Mr Amos Masondo commended the Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services for their swift response. “Had it not been for their prompt response, the damage could have been much worse. They responded within six minutes after they were called and alerted”, said the Presiding Officers.

The firefighters fought the blaze throughout the day, bringing under complete control fire in the NCOP offices, and continued to battle the flames in the NA Chamber and some offices that were severely gutted by fire.

Significant damage has been caused to the New Assembly Wing, which includes the NA Chamber. The fire in these areas has almost been extinguished.

The Presiding Officers will meet with all stakeholders tomorrow, including the Minister of Public Works, Ms Patricia De Lille, to take stock of the incident and assess the damage.

The Presiding Officers have also appreciated the role of the President of the Republic, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, and his Ministers, Mr Mondli Gungubele and Ms Patricia De Lille, the Deputy Minister of SA Security Services, Mr Zizi Kodwa, as well as officials and Members of Parliament who visited the scene to assess the damage and to offer moral support to the emergency services personnel.

The Presiding Officers, who have urged the law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in establishing the cause of the incident, have welcomed the swift arrest of a man in his 50s in connection with the incident.

They have appealed for calm, cautioned against any speculation and encouraged everyone to afford the law enforcement authorities space to investigate and provide the much-needed conclusive information.


Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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