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No fire engine as Komani gallery burns

This is the third such fire in the municipality in the recent past.
Irate residents of Komani, formerly Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape have asked provincial MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs Xolile Nqatha to institute an investigation into the fire which on Monday razed the local municipality’s historic JC Marshall building.

It was the town’s art gallery, and historic and prized artworks and crafts were said to have been destroyed in the fire. Allegedly no maintenance had been done on the property for years.

The Enoch Mgijima local municipality did not respond to the fire because it had no fire engine.

The municipality was a result of the merger of the former Lukhanji (Queenstown), Tsolwana (Tarkastad) and Inkwanca (Molteno) and fell under the Chris Hani district municipality.
Democratic Alliance member of the provincial legislature Jane Cowley led the charge against what she called “criminal neglect of infrastructure” by ANC-led Enoch Mgijima municipality.