Parliament edges closer to Pretoria

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Cape Town - The Public Works Department has identified possible construction sites for the relocation of Parliament from Cape Town to Pretoria.

This emerged in a written response from Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi to a parliamentary question from the EFF’s Leigh-Ann Mathys, who had enquired about the status of the possibility of moving Parliament.

In his written response, Nxesi said the construction sites could not be confirmed until the Secretary to Parliament had signed off on the accommodation requirements for the national legislature.

“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,” he said.

Nxesi also said Parliament’s decision would be informed by a comprehensive feasibility study.

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