BREAKING: Parliament Employee Shots Himself In The Office

Police, Emergency services and staff of parliament outside 90 Plein Street. PICTURE: Jan Gerber on Twitter

CAPE TOWN: A parliament employee has allegedly shot himself in one of the adjacent buildings on the Parliamentary precinct on Friday.

The man, a unit manager on the second floor of 90 Plein Steet, allegedly wielded a gun on Friday morning, threatening suicide, various Parliamentary workers told News24.

He then reportedly shot himself in his office.

Parliamentary staff at the scene has reportedly told News24 they were concerned about how a weapon entered the building. Some said they will need trauma councilling. An ambulance and police officials were present outside the building.

Parliament’s presiding officers on Friday said they were shocked and saddened at the man’s passing.

“Parliament is in the process of informing the deceased official’s family and the Presiding Officers will visit them,” a statement read on Friday.

“The incident has, obviously, caused trauma and distress among parliament’s members of staff and the institution as a whole. Necessary assistance is being arranged to help them to come to terms with the tragedy.”

Further details will be provided once the family had been informed, the statement ended.