Parliament in South Africa Continues to Lack Permanent Venue for Sittings

Harare — Speaker of the National Assembly Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has instructed legislative officials to find a temporary location for the Parliament session while the fire-damaged chamber is being repaired, according to IOL.

This comes after the Economic Freedom Fighter’s (EFF) demanded in-person meetings of the House instead of hybrid sessions and the occasional use of Cape Town City Hall, which required prior reservations.

EFF MP Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi argued that it was unfair for lawmakers to take a break without being informed of the alternative venue. However, Mapisa-Nqakula stated that there would be a fee for using the location for a day or session. She assured Mkhaliphi that they would receive updates on the temporary meeting location.

Following the fire that destroyed the chambers in January 2022, Parliament has been holding joint sittings for the State of the Nation Address (Sona) and budget day at City Hall. Some sittings took place in the Cape of Good Hope building, with some Members of Parliament participating virtually.

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