Parliament temporarily moves to City Hall
The Parliament building in South Africa was set on fire on the 2nd of January 2022, with a 49 year old suspect facing trial.
There has been a lot of controversy around the issue of relocating the Parliament to Gauteng over the past years, especially from opposition party which is EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters). With the National Assembly catching fire for unknown reasons, does this mean that the Parliament will finally change its location?
The EFF issued out a statement on the Parliament’s lack of compliance with Safety, Health and Environmental regulations. The statement states that the EFF gained access to the safety and health audit and reports which show that some regulations were not being followed and the fire could have been avoided. The party feels that the fire serves as an opportunity for the Parliament to move to Gauteng permanently.
The mayor of Cape Town made a statement saying that he has been in touch with the Speaker to offer use of the Council Chamber so that the Parliament can continue meeting and use City Hall for the State Of The Nation Address.
The suspect behind the fire was caught with stolen items and then charged with house breaking and theft. Although the motive behind him allegedly setting the National Assembly alight is unknown, the suspect is set to appear in court on the 4th of January 2022.
The fire that broke at the national assembly in Cape Town was noticed around 9pm when the fire alarm alerted. The fire fighters battled with the fuming blaze for hours as the fire had spread rapidly across the building.
“We do have a city that works and a government that works when the chips are down” said the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa who came hours after the flame was contained. He furthermore thanked the officials who were on guard.
However a mysterious fire re-emerged on the 3rd of January 2022 in the late afternoon even though the suspect had been arrested.
The reason behind the building catching fire again is yet to be known.
By Lineo Khabele for African View News