The red berets disagreed for the Sona to be hosted in Cape Town City Hall, according to EFF appointee Floyd Shivambu.
The EFF has ruled out the Cape Town City Hall as the venue for the State of the Nation Address (Sona), claiming that it will exclude a few MPs.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the venue at City Hall on February 10 after a fire recently destroyed the National Assembly working at parliament.
The fire completely destroyed the facility, including the chamber where the get-formal together's sessions and joint sessions of the two houses of parliament were held.
Floyd Shivambu, the EFF's chief whip, said the setting, which will only accommodate 300 MPs, was a "unreasonable idea" during a joint programming panel meeting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces on Thursday.
He stated that the EFF opposes the proposal to create a limit because it will prevent the EFF from gaining more than 100 MPs.
"The ANC's central whip claims there was an agreement, but the EFF never agreed to it." Try not to bind ourselves to a preconceived notion. Nobody in the EFF, at any meeting, agreed to these strategies.
The devastating fire that damaged legislative premises has forced parliament to reschedule the annual state of the country address...
"You may agree with yourselves, but you should note that we never agreed to any stupid course of action prohibiting MPs from attending social events in excess of 1,000 people in light of Covid-19 standards," Shivambu added.
Shivambu believes that a larger setting is necessary so that all MPs can attend the Sona and talks.
"We might have to agree on a basic level," he remarked, "that presuming we collect parliament in a situation suited for obliging all MPs, all MPs should be called to the Sona and talks."
"Let us do as such, presuming that there is an extension to meet the aggregate of parliament." At that time, we begin to represent to public that we are entering a different stage in our response to the pandemic."
Sona will not be held with the usual honorary walkway enthusiasm and get-togethers this year.
The financial plan for the location, according to Secretary to the National Assembly Masibulele Xaso, is around R1.9 million, but it might be reduced.
At this year's Sona, appointed speaker Lechesa Tsenoli indicated there will be "whimsical things, that maybe we can cope without."
"Given the environment we're operating in, that's really critical," he said.
Should the South African parliament be relocated from Cape Town to Tshwane?
It's a total image of imperialism.
No, why waste billions on improving what we already have?
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