Zuma: Parliament must ponder a move to Pretoria

#Sona2016 saw talk from Zuma about cutting costs, which may include relocating Parliament to Pretoria.

The Parliament of South Africa. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Parliament might move to Pretoria as part of the government's drive to cut costs.

President Jacob Zuma spoke about this possibility during his State of the Nation Address (Sona) in the National Assembly last night.

Zuma said the cost of keeping Parliament in Cape Town was too high.

He yesterday announced a raft of measures to cut wasteful expenditure by government officials.

He said he wanted Parliament to urgently consider the matter.

"The executive has looked into this matter and the cost is too big to be maintained."

But the Democratic Alliance (DA) says moving Parliament to Pretoria would come at a huge price.

The party's chief whip John Steenhuisen says, "Government simply doesn't have the capital to be able to consider something like this."

In a statement, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says the issue is not so much one of whether Parliament moves to Pretoria to cut government wastage, but that government is too big.

She adds in order to cut administrative costs the size of the Cabinet should be reduced.

De Lille says no matter where Parliament is based, the people of Cape Town will always welcome visitors from the rest of the country.

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