POLL | Do you believe the fire at parliament is related to the July unrest?

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National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula would not speculate



Many people are wondering about a probable link between the fire at parliament and the July upheaval that shook KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last year.


The fire damaged the New Assembly building and sections of the Old Assembly building. The fire began in the early hours of Sunday morning and was put out on Wednesday after rekindling on Monday.


Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the speaker of the National Assembly, told media on Wednesday that she couldn't comment on whether the event was related to last year's upheaval.


"When something like this happens, you sit down and analyze it." "There is nothing more harmful than reaching a decision that is not guided by adequate analysis by individuals who have been taught to do so," said Mapisa-Nqakula.


She stated that she would wait for professionals to make a decision.


"I belong to the old school," she remarked, "where, even if I feel passionately about an issue and read certain things into it, I wait for a trained person to say to me, 'join the dots here.'"

Blade Nzimande, the leader of the South African Communist Party, claimed on Thursday that the fire and attack on the Constitutional Court building in Johannesburg on Wednesday may have been linked to events in July 2021.


"We want to give law enforcement authorities the chance to look very deep into this issue," he continued, "but our fears as the SACP are that this act of burning parliament is not unrelated to the counter-revolution in July."

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