President Jacob Zuma has called for Parliament to “urgently investigate” the practicality of having two capitals in South Africa.
Zuma made the statement during his 2016 State of the Nation Address.
South Africa currently has three main capital cities – Pretoria as the administrative capital, and Cape Town as the legislative capital. Bloemfontein acts as the judicial capital of the country.
“We would like to persuade Parliament to consider the maintenance of two capitals – Pretoria as the administrative, and Cape Town as the legislative…we believe that the matter requires the attention of Parliament soon,” Zuma said.
The president argued that, with capitals on two opposite ends of the country, members of the executive needed two houses and two cars in order to do their duties, which was an unnecessary cost.
Zuma said this needs to be considered on an urgent basis.
“We’ve cut wasteful expenditure but there is more to be done on wastage,” the president said.
Overseas trips will be curtailed and those requesting permission will have to motivate strongly and provide the benefit of the country.” The sizes of delegations will be greatly reduced and standardised, Zuma said.
Further restrictions will also be put on conferences, catering, entertainment and social functions, while budget vote dinners would nolonger take place.
Zuma called for the executive management and state owned companies to take similar measures.
“I also invite premiers of all nine provinces as well as mayors to join us to we begin eliminating wasteful expenditure within government,” Zuma said.
He asked parliament and the judiciary to implement similar measures.
The president said that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan would announce more measures during his budget speech, at the end of the month.
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