Jan 20, 2022

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WRAP | From buildings to artwork — the parliament fire in numbers

Firefighters have withdrawn from the Parliamentary District and the buildings have been turned over to the Hawks for investigation.

On Thursday Parliament announced that engineers from the Public Works Department were on site to assess whether the affected buildings were safe for the hawks.

South Africans watched in shock as a fire ravaged parts of the parliamentary district in the early hours of Sunday morning. The fire was fully contained on Wednesday after teams from the Cape Town Fire Department were dispatched to Parliament.

The alleged arsonist, 49-year-old Zandile Christmas Mafe from Khayelitsha, was arrested on Sunday in connection with the fire . He is being charged with burglary, theft and arson, and other charges under the National Key Points Act.

Here’s a look at how events unfolded:

More than 300 firefighters

The city of Cape Town has sent more than 300 firefighters to the scene.

By Tuesday there were 20 firefighters put out the fire and only o ne fire engines remained on site. Crew members worked on the affected floors making sure there were no flares.

On Wednesday The fire was contained and the buildings were handed over to the authorities for investigation.

< p> 71-hour fire

The fire raged for 71 hours, including a flare-up on Monday.

Fire extinguishers

According to parliament, the firefighters deployed 60 fire extinguishers and two specialized air devices during the three-day battle. The equipment included hydraulic platforms and pumps.

Buildings and floors destroyed

The New Assembly building was destroyed destroyed.

The third and fifth floors of the old National Assembly building were destroyed after the flare up on Monday afternoon.

Mace and Keiskamma tapestry < / strong>

The new mace, created in 2004, was saved from the fire, said parliament speaker Moloto Mothapo.

The mace was designed to replace an earlier mace, since the 1800s.

The new mace represents the new democratic dispensation.

The Keiskamma tapestry, made from pearls and skin by women from the Eastern Cape, remained unharmed by the flame. It is 112 m long and 70 m high.

Roads closed

Five roads were closed during the investigation The damage to the parliament building blocked by rescue workers.