Cabinet again considers moving Parliament

2013-10-24 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Cabinet members say hosting Parliament in Cape Town and the rest of the government in Pretoria is hopelessly too expensive.

“Travelling between the cities is very expensive,” said Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini yesterday to sister paper Beeld.

They were reacting to the comments by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his medium-term budget policy statement that the government must revisit the locations of Parliament in Cape Town and the administrative headquarters in Pretoria as part of cost-savings measures.

Xingwana said the single largest expense for government was to keep Parliament in Cape Town.

She said a minister had to attend Parliament with a D-G, a deputy D-G, a director and staff, all of whom had to fly in every week and stay in hotels, which ended up with very high costs.

Dlamini agreed.

The two ministers said an inter-departmental committee is investigating the possibility of moving Parliament from Cape Town.

Xingwana said cabinet was serious about the situation.

“The expenses are too high.”

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