DPP declines to prosecute suspects in Premier’s Office fire


The Director of Public Prosecutions in Grahamstown has declined to prosecute two men accused of starting a fire that burnt down parts of the premier’s office building on June 30.

The DPP has cited lack of evidence as the reason for declining to prosecute. Mpandlane Vellem‚ 54‚ and Simphiwe Sunduzayo‚ 39‚ appeared in the Zwelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Friday morning.

The fire engulfed the archives section of the building and caused widespread panic and reportedly compromised a seven-year probe into supply chain irregularities in various government departments.

The affected facility stored thousands of supply chain management documents‚ which were in the process of being digitally scanned for archiving.

by Zwanga Mkuhuthu -DispatchLIVE

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