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Arsonists behind Rondebosch Common fire

The blaze which broke out on Sunday is believed to have been spurred on by accelerants.

FILE: Witnesses claimed to see the fire start on three different locations on the Common. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - An independent forensic investigator on Monday confirmed arsonists were behind Sunday's Rondebosch fire.

The blaze that broke out at the Rondebosch Common is believed to have been spurred on by accelerants.

Witnesses claimed to see the fire start on three different locations on the Common.

The City's JP Smith said the act may be a political ploy following threats of illegal land invasions this week.

"The reality is that Rondebosch Common yesterday burnt in a manner that was not possible to have occurred naturally."

This comes just weeks after fires ravaged most of the Southern Cape Peninsula.

Devastating fires caused severe damage to property, destroying 13 homes and 6,900 hectares of vegetation as firefighters battled the flames around the clock.

See EWN's interactive feature on the Cape fires here.

WATCH: Cape fire - The aftermath.

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