Hidden agenda drives move

2016-06-15 06:00


THIS idea moving parliament to Gauteng as has been suggested by some political parties, raises many questions.

The motivations behind this, ranging from logistical balance to time management, are understood, but a big concern is the ambition of some politicians to regain lost influence in Gauteng, the economic hub of Africa.

Mangaung, the provincial capital of the Free State, is strategically situated at the centre of the country. The Free State interconnects geographically with many provinces, but it has not been recommended as a home for parliament. The Nelspruit legislature is on the outskirts of Mpumalanga and its centrality has never been an issue.

The whole matter of parliament in Gauteng, it seems, is just to get back at the government of the Western Cape.

The debates about relocation are not wide-ranging enough. The biggest risk to parliament, if moved, is the possibility of it being invaded more and more by unruly elements, such as we have recently witnessed.

Because of the densely and highly-populated Gauteng with its three metro municipalities, the security of parliament would, I believe, be under immense pressure and anarchy will be lurking under the surface.

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