SANDF insists Waterkloof Airforce Base secure after fire

A fire broke out at the national key point on Sunday night.

FILE: Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) insists that security at the Waterkloof Airforce Base is tight.

A fire broke out at the national key point on Sunday night.

While the blaze was extinguished within an hour, it raised security worries in the wake of the recent attacks on Parliament and the Constitutional Court.

It's understood that the blaze broke out at about 7pm on Sunday night at a storage facility after leakage from a burst pump.

Guards on patrol spotted smoke and alerted authorities.

The fire was contained shortly after and completely extinguished in about an hour.

Authorities are investigating the cause of Sunday night's fire at the base while officials work to determine both the magnitude and cost of the damage.

SANDF spokesperson Andries Mahapa: "As the SANDF we can confirm that there was a fire. It started around 7pm. The cause of the fire, we cannot currently make a determination because the investigation will continue. We'll know on Tuesday or latest on Wednesday morning in terms of what was the cause of the fire."

At this stage, no foul play is suspected.