The Enoch Mgijima Local municipality in the Eastern Cape has confirmed that the Art Gallery building in Komani burned down on Monday evening and that an investigation is underway.
Municipality not on fire
No municipal documents damaged
As per a statement released by the municipality on Tuesday, the cause of the fire is not yet known at this stage of the investigation.
In addition, the building was unoccupied while the municipality was “in negotiations with potential occupants in both the public and private sector”.
“There were no files or any assets kept in the building as it was never used for municipal administration since the amalgamation of Tsolwana, Inkwana and Lukhanji municipalities in 2016.”
WATCH: Art Gallery building burns
I hope President @CyrilRamaphosa really comes through for the people of the Eastern Cape. They are living like slaves in their own homes. Corrupt officials at Enoch Mgijima Municipality have set the Municipal building on fire to eradicate evidence of R15million corruption pic.twitter.com/zm3htkC4Td— Lwanda Makes Stars (@lebron_griffin) October 12, 2021
Link to R15 million stadium?
Netizens expressed concern on social media, saying the ANC had burned the building to “destroy evidence” related to the R15 million Lesseyton Sports Facility.
Another said: “The Enoch Mgijima building was on fire last night. I hope they aren’t destroying evidence of the R15 million [stadium].”
So the building that had the documents for the stadium being investigated caught fire? What is happening at that Enoch Mgijima municipality. Amasela at work once again.— Phiwo’s Husband (@Batebang) October 12, 2021
The Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality art gallery building burned down last night. FYI, That’s the same Municipality with a suspicious looking R15m stadium.— Tumi Lambert (@Tumilambert) October 12, 2021
Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality said “lo evidence nakuyi fumana kwa hell.” And the place went up in flames. This is the Eastern Cape ke..— Naledi X (@NahLayDay) October 12, 2021