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Cape Town City Hall To Be Declared Parliament Precinct For SONA

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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