Sunday , June 26 2022

The fire destroys the vacant art gallery building in Enoch Mgijima municipality


JC Marshall's building in Komani was engulfed in flames.

The JC Marshall building in Komani was engulfed in flames.

  • A building of the vacant art gallery in the local municipality of Enoch Mgijima has been destroyed by fire.
  • According to the Eastern Cape Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the fire has nothing to do with documents related to the controversial $ 15 million Lesseyton sports field.
  • Researchers have come down to the town to investigate the sports field.

On Monday night, a fire destroyed an unoccupied art gallery building in the local municipality of Enoch Mgijima.

According to the municipality, no files or property were destroyed in the fire because the building was not used for administrative purposes.

“The cause of the fire is not yet known and our fire department will conduct an investigation,” he said.

The building is currently unoccupied because the municipality is in negotiations with potential occupants of both the public and private sectors.

One week after the cooperative governance and traditional affairs of the Eastern Cape, MEC Xolile Nqatha asked the municipality for answers about the $ 15 million spent on the construction of the Lesseyton sports field.

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However, Nqatha said the burning building had nothing to do with documents relating to the sports field.

On Tuesday, he added that a team of investigators had come down to the township to investigate alleged irregularities in the construction of the sports field.

Nqatha said a legal firm had been appointed, with the support of administrator Monwabisi Somana, who was expected to submit a preliminary report by the end of October.

“We can assure the public that information and evidence are assured. Investigators are already working hard on the site. We hope they don’t leave any stone unturned on the subject.”

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