TimesLIVE readers shared their beliefs on the people behind the fire that devastated Parliament last week that the fire was linked to a recent attack on the Constitutional Court and the riots that struck KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last year
The new assembly building and parts of the old assembly building were destroyed by the fire. Zandile Christmas Mafe appeared last Tuesday in connection with the fire in the Cape Town District Court. He is charged with burglary, theft and arson and other charges under the National Key Points Act.
H The case has been postponed to January 11th . Investigation.
Paul Makaula, 36, appeared in Hillbrow District Court Friday after being arrested Wednesday for allegedly breaking windows in Constitutional Court with a hammer. He is believed to have caused an estimated R50,000 damage to the courthouse.
He is charged with malicious property damage, with the NPA considering further charges. He has been taken into custody and his case has been postponed until March 25th.
National Assembly spokeswoman Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told journalists on Wednesday that she could not speculate on whether the parliamentary fire could be linked to the unrest last year.
“When something like this happens, you sit down and analyze. There is nothing more dangerous than coming to a conclusion that is not reached through proper analysis by the trained people, “said Mapisa-Nqakula.
She said she would wait to ask experts to comment.
The leader of the Communist Party SA, Blade Nzimande, was even more blunt in his analysis and said his party suspected that the fire in the parliamentary district and the Attack on the Constitutional Court related the riots.
“We want to give law enforcement agencies the opportunity to delve very deeply into this matter, but we suspect that this matter is not unrelated to the burning parliament with the counterrevolution stands in July, “he said.
TimesLIVE readers agree, with 69% of respondents in a survey on this Topic say they believe both incidents are linked to the riot n. 10% said they were not related.
21% said they were waiting for the results of the investigation.
The debate continued on social media.
“I trust the preliminary results of the City of Cape Town, which indicate system failure and thus rule out arson. There is not even any riots in July, “wrote Sibusiso SE Gumede.
Thabisile Wenu said:” It is the same as the riots in July. People at the time were confused about the police coordination. Again the police confused people by arresting a useless man and calling him the perpetrator. It’s political. ”