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Fire-ravaged parliament building not insured

Taxpayers might have to dig deep into their pocket to settle the bill for a fire that destroyed parliament in Cape Town last week on 2 January 2022.

The National Freedom Party says the parliament building which was damaged by fire was not insured.

A three days fire destroyed the roof as well as offices at the parliament building.

The issue of insurance was revealed by the acting director-general for the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure Development, Imtiaz Fazel.

He said this while answering questions asked by the members of parliament.

National Freedom Party MP Ahmed Munzoor Shaik Emam said this mean taxpayer will have to pay for the damages.

“We established that none of the state properties are insured in the whole country, added to the damaged at parliament remember our offices have been gutted as well, this means computers, desk, printers and everything have been totally destroyed.” 

On Friday, the Cape Town fire department released an assessment report that indicates that sprinklers within parliament were not serviced since 2017.

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