Due to a lack of fire fighting vehicles the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality in Komani was unable to respond to a fire which erupted at a municipal building on October 12.
According to police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, it is alleged that at about 04:00 this morning, police attended to a complaint of a fire at the JC Marshall building in Komani.
“The building is an old building which is not occupied,” said Naidu.
“It is suspected that vagrants living in the building may have started the fire.”
Naidu said no injuries were sustained.
She further said the municipality is yet to open a case.
According to the DA's Enoch Mgijima Constituency Leader, Jane Cowley, the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality was unable to respond to the fire as they did not have a fire fighting vehicle.
Cowley said this was the third such fire in recent times.
“The Local Economic Development office and the Municipal Public Accounts Committee office, with sensitive documentation pertaining to the functionality of the municipality, also burnt down,” said Cowley.
“I will write to the MEC for COGTA, Xolile Nqatha, and request a full investigation into why the local municipality is not equipped to fight fires.”