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EFF supports proposal to relocate Parliament to Pretoria

The EFF supports the proposal to move Parliament but warns ANC not to use it as a money making scheme.

 Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has come out in support of President Jacob Zuma's proposal to relocate Parliament to Pretoria to create one capital city, but says the party has consistently raised this issue.

Zuma made the announcement during the State of the Nation Address on Thursday suggesting one capital city would cut cost of civil servants.

But the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says it is unlikely that this will happen under Zuma's term in office, calling him an illegitimate president.

"He will soon accept that admitting to pay back the money is an admission that he unduly benefitted. There is no way that you can unduly benefit as a sitting president without at the same time admitting that you've broken your oath of office."

Ndlozi says the ANC and what it calls tenderpreneurs must be warned the relocation of Parliament is not an opportunity to squander state funds for political ends.

"It's not just going to be a money making scheme for the parasitical tenderpreneur interest of the general members of the ANC who are politically linked and their families."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance, Inkatha Freedom Party and the United Democratic Movement are against the proposed relocation.