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Fire breaks out at South African Parliament

CAPE TOWN (AFP) – A major fire broke out at South Africa’s seat of Parliament in Cape Town early yesterday, sending a thick column of smoke into the sky and threatening the National Assembly building.

The fire was believed to have started in one of the older buildings in the Parliament precinct, leading to a security cordon nearby the cathedral where anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu was buried just hours before.

“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.

More details on Monday’s Borneo Bulletin