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Madiba proposed relocating Parliament 20 years ago - report

The report by Mandela has been gathering dust for the past two decades, according to the City Press.

The Parliament of South Africa. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
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Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG - It has emerged that the ANC has withheld a 20-year-old report, compiled by former president Nelson Mandela's cabinet, proposing the relocation of Parliament to Pretoria.

In his State of the Nation Address on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma announced this proposal as pressure mounts on government to cut spending.

The report has now apparently been resuscitated in a bid to bolster an ailing economy.

The City Press says it interviewed Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, who confirmed that the report by Mandela has been gathering dust for the past two decades.

Zuma instructed Parliament to look into the idea of relocating Parliament to save costs, saying maintaining two capitals is proving to be expensive.

According to the paper, Radebe said Madiba’s report was also commissioned by auditing firm KPMG.

Radebe says while the ANC chose not to act on the report, Parliament now needs to attend to it as a matter of urgency.  

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