Jan 20, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Here’s who you think should be held responsible for the parliament fire

TimesLIVE readers have wondered who they think should be blamed for the fire that broke out in Parliament last Sunday.

The fire was brought under control but flared again on Monday on. It was brought under control on Tuesday.

300 firefighters who worked in shifts and more than 60 fire engines handled the fire over the two days.

< p> The fire raised questions about security protocols in Parliament, many of which said it was the responsibility of the National Assembly Spokesperson, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, to keep Parliament safe.

When this happened Mapisa-Nqakula refused to take responsibility.

“I am not responsible for any loss of the ball in relation to security in Parliament. The report I received from the Parliamentary Secretary says that Parliament’s cameras were all working, ”she said, rejecting previous reports of broken cameras.

Mapisa-Nqakula added the Public Works Department Also assured her that the cameras were working at the time of the incident.

Others claimed that the public works department should handle all security issues.

Zandile Christmas Mafe, 49 , from Khayelitsha appeared Tuesday in connection with the incident before the Cape Town District Court.

He faces five charges, including burglary and theft for allegedly theft of laptops, dishes and documents from the Parliament.

He also faces two charges of arson for allegedly setting fire to the National Assembly building and of violating the Explosives Act. The case has been postponed until January 11th for bail information and further investigation.

TimesLIVE asked readers who they thought should be held responsible for the fire.

35% said the Minister for Public Works, Patricia de Lille. 30% said Mapisa-Nqakula.

17% said Mafe should be held accountable, while 12% said it was nobody’s fault. 6% said the former spokesperson Thandi Modise was to blame.

Readers continued to dig into social media.

“Who in their right mind breaks into the parliament buildings, steals some items, sets the building in question on fire and then hangs around and lies there for the SAPS, Fire & Rescue and parliamentary security forces to catch him? Come on, the government really thinks we’re such idiots “This man looked so confused and didn’t realize what was going on this morning. I don’t think for a minute that this is the ‘guy’,” wrote Cathi Watson.

Thembani Seldon Mathebula said, “The security company and their compatriots are in charge.”

“It is the Hawks’ duty to find out,” added Vusumuzi Mhlongo .