Aug 9, 2022

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Parliament fire ‘contained’, building to be handed to police soon

The fire in parliament was contained after it flared up in the roof of the National Assembly on Monday.

“The last 24 hours have been critical as the firefighters have been closely watching the scene,” said Parliament on Wednesday. < / p>

“After containing the fire at midnight yesterday, the firefighters stayed on site, albeit at reduced capacity, to monitor the situation, make a thorough assessment and determine the extent of the damage.”

Since the fire broke out on Sunday morning, 300 fire fighters have been on shift and more than 60 fire engines have been deployed. A fire truck remained on site with five crew members working to ensure no further flares occurred.

Parliament said the firefighters would make and review an assessment for a possible full withdrawal from the site on Wednesday afternoon whether the building can be safely handed over to the police.

The Chairmen of Parliament Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Amos Masondo applauded the firefighters who brought the fire under control.

The efforts to The rescue of the National Assembly Mace was successful on Tuesday after two days of fire.

“It was taken from its secure storage without damage. The mace is an important symbol that denotes the authority and sitting of the National Assembly. It is carried into the hall by the NCO and announces the arrival of the Speaker of the National Assembly. “

The chairmen said the state of the government address, the budget speech and other programs were going as planned. More details to follow.