Fire at South Africa’s parliament sparks again

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Cape Town: The fire that has already completely destroyed South Africa’s main Parliament chamber flared up again on Monday, about 36 hours after it started in the 130-year-old complex of historic buildings, authorities said.

Sunday’s fire caused the roof of the New Wing housing the lower chamber National Assembly to collapse. The roof of the Old Wing, which dates back to 1884 and houses the upper chamber National Council of Provinces (NCOP), also partially collapsed.

Police have charged a 49-year-old man with arson and other offences including theft and he was expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

The speaker of the National Assembly said arson if confirmed, would represent an attack on the country’s democracy.

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