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Tue Sep 27 10:43:56 SAST 2016

People of Gauteng welcome in Cape Town…even if Parliament moves: De Lille

Philani Nombembe | 12 February, 2016 12:48
“Last night‚ President Jacob Zuma indicated that Parliament may move from Cape Town to Pretoria to reduce the administrative costs of government‚” said De Lille. File photo
Image by: Ashley Vlotman / Gallo Images

The City of Cape Town is hot under the collar over President Jacob Zuma’s proposal to move Parliament to Pretoria.

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Zuma indicated the intended relocation during his State of the Nation Address opn Thursday night. He said this would reduce government’s administrative costs.

But Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille was not impressed. She blamed Zuma’s bloated cabinet for high costs.

“Last night‚ President Jacob Zuma indicated that Parliament may move from Cape Town to Pretoria to reduce the administrative costs of government‚” said De Lille.

“The issue is not whether Parliament moves to Pretoria to cut government wastage.

“The key issue is that government is too big. National government needs to cut the cabinet‚ streamline and rationalise Parliament in order to save costs to the taxpayer‚ and work more efficiently.

“However‚ regardless of whether Parliament moves to Pretoria or not‚ we will always be happy to welcome the people of Gauteng and the rest of the country to Cape Town.” – TMG Digital/Sunday Times

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