MPs want Godongwana to address parliament reconstruction budget

MPs want Godongwana to address parliament reconstruction budget

Members want Godongwana to prioritize and provide direction on rebuilding efforts during the Oct. 26 presentation.

FILE: Flames rise from the National Assembly, the main chamber of South Africa’s parliament buildings, after a fire broke out the day before the restart, in Cape Town on January 3, 2022. Photo: RODGER BOSCH/AFP

CAPE TOWN — MPs want Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to address Parliament’s rebuilding budget when he tables his medium-term budget next month.

Members want Godongwana to prioritize and provide direction on rebuilding efforts during the Oct. 26 presentation.

The Joint Standing Committee on Financial Management received an update on the fire investigation and reconstruction efforts on Friday.

Parliament was forced to continue operating virtually after the devastating fire in January.

LILY: It will cost more than 2 billion rand and three years to repair Parly after a fire

But now MPs want Godongwana to give details on funding for the reconstruction.

ANC’s Bheki Radebe said the sooner MPs return the better.

The joint committee also received assurance from Falcons leader Godfrey Lebeya on the investigation into the fire.

The case of accused arsonist Zandile Mafe is due to go to the High Court in November.

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