Another set of flames at a government building is leading some to speculate the second case of alleged arson in Cape Town after the department of justice regional office suffered a fire on Friday, Jan 7.
Forensic investigators combed the scene at Queen Victoria Street. It’s been reported that a thick wooden door leading to a fire escape stairwell running along the side of the eight-storey building was partially burnt, according to TimesLive.
Two plastic bottles lying at the door’s base were also discovered, of which the forensic team were taking swabs.
As this is another government building (following the alleged arsonist attack on Parliament), it’s being speculated whether this is another case of an attack on the government.
Police officials are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire, and the public is encouraged to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 should they have any further information.
Zandile Mafe, the man accused of being the arsonist tied to the attacks at Parliament, will reappear in court on Jan 11. The public is still speculating his true role in the situation and whether he is a ‘mastermind’ or a ‘scapegoat’.
Meanwhile, in a third incident involving the judiciary, a man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly using a hammer to smash the windows of the Constitutional Court building in Johannesburg. He appeared in court on Friday, reports SowetanLive.
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