Editorial staff
1 minute read
3 Jan 2022
5:00 am

Burning questions over burning parliament

Editorial staff

The possibility that this was politically related arson cannot be ruled out.

Firefighters are seen on a ladder of a fire engine as smoke billows from the roof of a building at the Parliament precinct in Cape Town on 2 January 2022. Photo: Marco LONGARI / AFP

South Africa’s government institutions are so shot through with incompetence that it’s possible the fire which devastated the buildings of parliament is yet another example of this. At the same time, though, we went through what President Cyril Ramaphosa himself called an “attempted insurrection” in July last year… so the possibility that this was politically related arson is something which cannot be ruled out. Ramaphosa himself fuelled those speculative flames when he said yesterday that someone had been arrested in connection with the fire. ALSO READ: Parliament fire: De Lille confirms arrest of suspect, Hawks to investigate It sounds bizarre...