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Tshwane mayor: Relocation of Parliament is inevitable

Ramokgopa says the relocation of Parliament will complete govt’s goal of building an integrated society.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa singing the national anthem ahead of his State of the City Address at Freedom Park on 21 April 2016. Picture: Facebook.

PRETORIA - Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says the relocation of Parliament to Tshwane would complete government's goal of building an integrated and united democratic society.

Ramokgopa was speaking at his State of the City Address at Freedom Park yesterday where he announce that the city had identified Fort Klapperkop as the proposed location for the National Legislature.

President Jacob Zuma suggested in his State of the Nation Address in Pretoria that Parliament should be moved in order to save costs.

Ramokgopa described the relocation of Parliament to the capital city as an inevitability.

"If the Constitution is to remain the supreme law of the land, it should follow that the case of the relocation of the legislative seat of the state to Tshwane is a compelling one."

He said Fort Klapperkop is ideally located.

"The site provides superb access to the inner city, the OR Tambo International Airport and the Union Buildings through a network of roads that includes the R21, N4 and the Gautrain rail network."

"This site has passed all criteria, including its relevance to Tshwane inner city renewal strategy; its symbolic significance and standing relative to the Union Buildings, its natural and environmental dimensions, as well as its accessibility and immediate availability of land."

He says the site is perfectly located.

The Fort is considered a heritage site and is located within a nature reserve.