Millions Lost As Fire Guts South Africa’s Main Military Airforce Base

Fire Guts South Africa's Main Military Airforce Base

By Uganda Online Media

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Maj Tom Magambo who has been in the Internal Security Organisations(ISO) as the new police Criminal Investigations Director.

“President Museveni has promoted Private Tom Magambo to the rank of Major and appointed him Director Criminal Investigations of the Uganda Police Force,” the acting UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu said in a statement.

Johannesburg: The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has launched an investigation into the cause of a fire at Air Force Base (AFB) Waterkloof on Sunday that broke out at a fuel storage site.

The fire started in the late evening, at around 19:00, with clouds of black smoke seen billowing from the South African Air Force base outside Pretoria.

Brigadier General Andries Mahapa, Director of Defence Corporate Communication said the fire was contained at about 20:00 after firefighters responded to the blaze, which damaged two fuel tanks. No injuries were reported and no other structures were damaged adding that there was no explosion, only a fire.

Mahapa added that the cause of the fire, the magnitude of the damage, and the cost of the damage to the Bulk Fuel Depot will form part of an investigation that will interrogate all events and or incidents that might have led to the fire breakout at the base.

“The cause of the fire, the magnitude of the damage… will form part of an investigation that will interrogate all events and or incidents that might have led to the fire breakout,” he said in a statement on Sunday night.

A huge fire extensively damaged the parliament building in Cape Town some weeks ago and a man went on the rampage breaking windows of the Constitutional Court building in Johannesburg, raising concerns about public buildings.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said earlier this month that such incidents undermined the country’s security and stability.

Waterkloof became infamous in 2016 when a wealthy Indian migrant family and friends of scandal-ridden ex-president Jacob Zuma, the Guptas, flew in their wedding guests through the base which is reserved for presidents, visiting heads of state and diplomats.

The Guptas are at the center of the massive state corruption scandal and their illicit activities are estimated to have cost the country more than $3-billion.

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