Major fire at South African parliament building...

Major fire at South African parliament building

 International Desk

 Published: 01:38 PM, 2 January 2022   Updated: 06:28 PM, 2 January 2022

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

A large fire broke out in the South African parliament building in Cape Town on Sunday.

Dozens of firefighters are at the site battling the blaze as large flames and a huge column of smoke were seen at around 0530 GMT. It is not yet clear what caused the fire. 

"The roof has caught fire and the National Assembly building is also on fire," a spokesman for the city's emergency services told AFP, requesting reinforcements at the scene.

"The fire is not under control and cracks in the walls of the building have been reported," he added.

Images seen on social media - and not verified by AFP - showed a mass of flames licking through what appeared to be the roof of one of the parliament buildings.

The Houses of Parliament in Cape Town consist of three sections, including the original and oldest building that was completed in 1884. The newer additions - constructed in the 1920s and 1980s - house the National Assembly.