Parliament fire flares up again

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The fire that broke out in Parliament on Sunday has flared up again. Thick smoke can be seen billowing from the Assembly building.

Abra Barbier has the latest:

Earlier, the fire that gutted the third floor of the Old Assembly Building of Parliament in Cape Town caused the roof to collapse.

SABC News reporter Mercedes Besent captures the flare-up:

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Amos Masondo has assured South Africans that they will take appropriate action following the fire that engulfed the Parliamentary precinct.

He was speaking in Cape Town at a media briefing of the Presiding Officers of Parliament on recent developments relating to the fire.

Media briefing below:

Those responsible for the fire will be hunted down

Meanwhile, National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has warned those responsible for the fire that all resources will be used to hunt them down.  Mapisa-Nqakula says a large-scale investigation is under way.

“We also have forensic investigators who are working together with the police who will come out and indicate what the cause of the fire is and even how it was done and where it started. As things are now, the information we have, I mean we had a very informative session. The fire chief gave us a briefing. We just need to understand. We’re sitting here anxiously waiting to see what is destroyed and what has not been destroyed.”

 Parliament fire update: