Parliament one step closer to finding a new home

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- citizen.co.za | 4 weeks ago

Following a parliamentary question for Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi from the EFF’s Leigh-Ann Mathys regarding the status of the possibility of moving parliament, it has been revealed that the public works department has identified possible construction sites for the relocation of parliament from Cape Town to Pretoria.

However, according to Nxesi, the construction sites could not be confirmed until the secretary to parliament had signed off on the accommodation requirements for the national legislature reports The Star. “For this to happen, parliament must give guidance and take the decision to move the parliamentary precinct away from Cape Town and also legally pronounce Tshwane as the seat of parliament by way of proposing a constitutional amendment on Tshwane/Pretoria as the new legislative capital of the Republic of South Africa,” said Nxesi in a written response.

Though the move has been the talk of the town for close to a decade, it only started to gain traction back in 2016 when then-president Jacob Zuma said in his state of the nation speech that Pretoria might become the new home for parliament, as the costs of keeping SA’s legislature in Cape Town were too high.

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