ActionSA is appalled by the act of arson that has devastated our country’s parliament, along with what must be regarded to be a severe security failure.
With confirmation of the arrest of a suspect it is clear that this was no accident, and it becomes difficult to view this tragedy in isolation with the tabling of the State Capture Commission of Enquiry Report next week or the unrest witnessed in July last year.
In addition to this act of criminality, serious questions have to be asked about the security and fire systems in our parliament.
South Africa’s parliament is a vital symbol in our constitutional democracy. It was intended to be a sacred place where law-makers represent the will of the South African people and hold the President and his cabinet to account.
This act of arson that has wreaked havoc in this essential national key point cannot be reduced to another fire, but an act committed against the South African people.
ActionSA’s primary focus will be to ensure that law enforcement agencies conduct their investigations rapidly and without political interference, especially if this is found to be another consequence of ANC factional fights.