A fire broke out this morning that is being likened to a “sad day for democracy” according to the Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille.
This is because the fire that broke out at Parliament is the home of South Africa’s democracy, with the oldest of the Houses of Parliament buildings being completed almost two centuries ago.
The Cape Town Fire & Rescue Service were quick on the scene after they received calls regarding the fire. Initially, people were not certain where the fire was coming from.
The fire has currently been contained in the chambers of the National Council of Provinces, and President Cyril Ramaphosa has been briefed on the situation.
De Lille thanked the firefighters for their heroic work.
However, despite the containment, smoke still floods out of the National Assembly – this is because of an extractor fan according to de Lille, however, the National Assembly building fire is still actually blazing according to COCT mayoral committee member JP Smith.
The initial fire call was received at 6:12 am this morning according to the City’s fire services.
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