Dear South Africa

1551 comments delivered (closed 27 June 2022)

Julius Malema presented a draft Bill which seeks to relocate parliament from Cape Town to Tshwane – a move that could cost taxpayers billions and requires an amendment to the Constitution. Parliament wants to hear your thoughts, suggestions or proposals.

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    Dear South Africa

    SUMMARY – from the draft Bill

    Parliament’s current location in Cape Town creates several problems for Members of Parliament, the Executive, government and officials from organs of state, and the broader society that wishes to participate in legislative and oversight functions performed by Parliament.

    Parliament is located in the farthest province from the majority of provinces, making it inaccessible to the majority of South Africans, including Members of Parliament who spend a significant amount of time traveling to and from Parliament.

    As a result, participation in parliamentary programs is limited to individuals and institutions with financial resources, excluding those unable to travel to Cape Town.

    As a result, Parliament and the government spend a lot of money on travel and lodging for Members of Parliament, the Executive, the government, and state officials in order to keep colonial agreements that separate administrative and legislative capital in two cities by racist colonisers who excluded the majority of black people and still does so today.