Aug 9, 2022

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‘I wish I knew’: Mapisa-Nqakula on whether parliament fire can be linked to July violent unrest

“I don’t know and I wish I did.”

This is how the spokeswoman for the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, answered when asked whether the fire in parliament was linked to the violent unrest in the July could be related to looting.

The fire broke out on Sunday morning and gutted parts of the National Assembly building.

Speaking to SABC News this week, Mapisa-Nqakula said an analysis of the The cause of the fire was needed before anyone could speculate.

Despite her own suspicions, she would allow an investigation and lead it.

“You know, when something like this happens, you sit down and do an analysis. There is nothing more dangerous than arriving at a result that is not informed by a proper analysis by the trained people. “

Mapisa-Nqakula said that only” trained specialists “can help,” the Connecting dots “.

” I belong to the old school, where even if I feel strongly about something and read certain things into it, I wait for a person who is trained to say to me : ‘Ma’am, connect the dots here’ “she said.

Mapisa-Nqakula said earlier that she would not be responsible for the fire.

” I am not responsible for dropping the ball on security in Parliament. If anything, this is the report I got from Parliament’s secretary that said Parliament’s cameras were all working, “she said, dismissing reports of cameras not working.

Mapisa-Nqakula added that the public works department gave her also assured that the cameras were working at the time of the incident.

Zandile Christmas Mafe, 49, from Khayelitsha appeared in the Cape Town District Court on Tuesday in connection with the fire. His case has been postponed until January 11 for further investigation.

Mafe is charged with burglary, theft, and arson, and other charges under the National Key Points Act.