National Assembly Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Wednesday said there is no need to move the National Assembly to Pretoria after the fire at Parliament. The ANC caucus changed its tune regarding the relocation of Parliament to Gauteng.

The fire, which broke out on Sunday, affected both the Old Assembly Wing and the National Assembly Wing of the buildings of Parliament, which house the chambers of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

While the fire flare-up has since been contained, it has left parts of the New Assembly “completely gutted” after a new blaze broke out on Monday afternoon.

The ANC said the move “would be premature and wrong to jump on the bandwagon for cheap publicity”.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) earlier this week revived calls for the relocation of Parliament from Cape Town to Pretoria. The EFF insisted that the money that will be allocated for repairs to the building should be spent on the relocation instead.

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