The spokeswoman for the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, said she would take no responsibility for the fire that broke out in parliament on Sunday morning.
Mapisa-Nqakula responded when asked if she did I dropped the ball Parliament put the cost of the fire that damaged several buildings.
“I am not responsible for the safety of Parliament if the ball falls. 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.
Frustrated with the question, she said to journalists: “Please, try to be smart sometimes when you raise problems.”
49-year-old Zandile Christmas Mafe from Khayelitsha appeared in Cape Town District Court on Tuesday in connection with the incident.
He is facing five charges, including burglary and theft for alleged theft of laptops, dishes and documents from Parliament.
He also faces two charges of arson for allegedly setting fire to the National Assembly building and violating the explosives law. The case has been postponed until January 11th for bail information and further investigation.
The fire started in the early hours of Tuesday morning after another flare-up in the Chamber of the National Assembly on Monday afternoon.
The Cape Town Fire Department announced that a new crew has been deployed to monitor the situation and make sure the fire does not start again.