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The premises of the National Assembly were completely destroyed in a violent fire

A spokesman for parliament said the fire had not been extinguished.

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A spokesman for parliament has said that the perimeter wall of the National Assembly, where the South African delegation was sitting in Cape Town, was completely destroyed by a violent fire that began on Sunday morning, January 2.

“The room where the members were sitting was completely burnt down”, Lamented Moloto Motabo “The fire is not extinguished yet”. A fire broke out in the oldest section of the building, which was completed in 1884, at 5 a.m. (local time). The fire then spread to recent areas in use today.

The historic building contains a collection of valuable books and an original copy of Africa’s first national anthem, “Die Stem Suid-Afrika” (The Voice of South Africa) sung during apartheid.

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