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Opposition MPs against relocating Parliament to Pretoria

DA, IFP and UMD MPs say relocating Parliament to Pretoria would come at a huge cost.

DA, IFP and UMD MPs say relocating Parliament to Pretoria would come at a huge cost. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have poured cold water on the idea that Parliament relocate to Pretoria.

During his State of the Nation Address on Thursday night, President Jacob Zuma said the cost of maintaining two capitals was too high.

It means duplicating houses and cars for ministers and their deputies and covering accommodation and travel costs for officials who shuttle between the two cities.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says moving Parliament from Cape Town to Pretoria would come at a huge cost.

The United Democratic Movement's Nqabayomzi Kwankwa agrees, "The solution really would lie in him reducing the size of the cabinet so that you don't have a lot of ministers that have two cars in both provinces."

The Inkatha Freedom Party's Narend Singh says now's not the time to be thinking about this issue.

"The two centres should be maintained until such time that there's economic growth and until such time that problems within the South African economy are addressed."

The idea might find support from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The party's 2014 election manifesto promises to relocate Parliament to Pretoria.

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