The fire at Parliament shows once again that despite its protestations to the contrary, the ANC has never cared much for Parliament. Pieter du Toit questions why we haven't heard any outrage or seen any sense of urgency from the president and the speaker to get to the bottom of events, plan for repairs or restoration and acknowledge that this is an absolute national tragedy.
Less than two weeks ago, the National Assembly and a large part of the Old Assembly Building in Cape Town was laid to waste when a fire ripped through the building and incinerated offices, meeting rooms, various pieces of art and historical artefacts as well as the chamber of Parliament's lower house.
Since the inferno, a report was issued by the City of Cape Town, compiled by its firefighters, about what they found, and a suspect has been arrested in connection with the fire and charged with terrorism. The Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the President, Cyril Ramaphosa, have both expressed shock at events.