PARLIAMENT ON FIRE:
INVESTIGATORS MUST INVESTIGATE
POLITICIANS MUST IMPLEMENT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE ACT THEY APPROVED THREE YEARS AGO
Instead of concocting conspiracy theories and political narratives to explain the fiery destruction of South Africa’s parliament, publicity-seeking politicians would serve the people better if they shut up for a moment and allowed expert police and fire investigators to do their work.
While much has been made of the arrest of a man at the scene of the crime – with all kinds of motives ascribed to his activities – we don’t know for certain what he was doing there. We don’t know whether the fire was deliberately set. If it was, we don’t know the motive, we don’t know who was behind it, we don’t know how it was possible to achieve, and we don’t know if it could have been prevented.
South Africa needs this information in order to make real sense of the tragedy, hold perpetrators, if any, accountable, and tighten systems in order to mitigate the potential for a recurrence.