Cape Town City Hall to be declared Parliament precinct for SONA

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The State of the Nation will be held in Cape Town Hall.
The State of the Nation will be held in Cape Town Hall.
Duncan Alfreds, News24
  • The City Hall will officially be declared a precinct of Parliament.
  • This is to accommodate the State of the Nation Address.
  • The City offered the space as a venue when it became clear that Parliament would be a no-go zone following a devastating fire. 

The Cape Town City Hall will officially be declared a precinct of Parliament on Monday. 

This is to allow the State of the Nation Address to go ahead, after a fire that started on 2 January gutted the National Assembly Building over two days.

Sections of the Old Assembly were also damaged.

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The City of Cape Town offered the space as a venue when it became clear that Parliament would be a no-go zone. 

Initially, the ANC, which holds the majority in Parliament, issued a statement rejecting the offer, but it was subsequently accepted.  

On Monday, Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis will officially hand over the City Hall to National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and National Council of Provinces chairperson Amos Masondo. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa's will deliver his speech on 10 February at 19:00 in the City Hall.

Meanwhile, it seems to be all systems go for the bail application on Saturday of Zandile Mafe, who was is accused of starting the fire.


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