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"Sad day for democracy:" Major fire engulfs South African Parliament building

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A major fire ripped through South Africa‘s Parliament complex on Sunday, gutting offices and causing some ceilings in the building that houses the national legislature to collapse.

Around 70 firefighters were still battling the fire more than seven hours after it started in the early morning.

Visiting the scene, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said a person was “being held and is being questioned” by police in connection with the blaze.

“This is a very sad day for our democracy, for Parliament is the home of our democracy,” Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille told reporters as smoke billowed behind her from the roof of the historic white building with grand entrance columns.

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