In consultation with HAWKS, a team of internal DPWI experts consisting of highly skilled structural, civil, electrical and mechanical engineers have a high level of preliminary vision of damage, including the safety aspects of the site due to a recent fire. We conducted a targeted evaluation and reached a conclusion. Parliament. The team arrived in Cape Town on Monday morning, January 3, 2022.
Congress and SAPS provided access to engineers this week for internal gait inspections of the old and new Congress.
Unfortunately, due to the high temperature of the building on Monday, January 3, 2022 and the flare on the Capitol side around 17:00, which continued overnight, the expert team can only start the evaluation late on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. was.
The visual assessment of the team of experts began in the old parliament and then proceeded to the assessment of structural damage in the new parliament.
Based on preliminary visual inspection, there is evidence of serious structural damage (major spalling) in the slab. The damaged slabs are on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. In addition to the above, there are large cracks in the walls on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
A team of experts recommended that the new assembly building be closed and closed immediately to restrict access, as the new assembly building is unsafe.
The department has activated appropriate steps to procure an independent, dedicated engineering team to carry out more detailed assessments and tests of material strength.
The Treasury has agreed to facilitate the process of procuring an independent, professional engineering team as quickly as possible.
Preliminary visual assessment reports and photographs have been passed to HAWKS and are not permitted to be shared as they are part of the evidence from the crime scene.
Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the South African Government.
Minister Patricia de Lille on Preliminary Assessment of Parliamentary Fire
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