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Suspect arrested and charged as fire guts South Africa’s Parliament again

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Suspect arrested and charged as fire guts South Africa's Parliament again

A 49-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged in connection to a large fire that “gutted” South Africa’s Parliament complex in Cape Town on Sunday, according to police.

The blaze tore through Parliament on Sunday, causing the roof of one building to collapse and gutting the chamber of the National Assembly.

On Monday, the blaze flared up again, with dozens of firefighters sent back to once again battle the flames, according to the a statement from Parliament’s presiding officers.

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Suspect arrested and charged as fire guts South Africa's Parliament again
Fire crews at the Houses of Parliament, fight a fire in Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. Firefighters have been deployed and the cause is unknown. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The suspect, who is due to appear in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Tuesday, has been charged with housebreaking, theft and arson, police said in a statement. The suspect will also be charged under The National Key Point Act, an act that provides for the declaration and protection of sites of national strategic importance.

The suspect was allegedly caught with suspected stolen property after gaining entry to the parliamentary precinct in Cape Town, and was spotted by members of the Protection and Security Services (PSS) when they noticed the building was on fire, police said.

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The incident and the suspect’s motive are under further investigation by the Crimes Against the State (CATS) team.

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