Check out the National Assembly’s ‘new’ venue [PICS]

The National Assembly will now maintain its sittings at the Good Hope Chamber, which remains to be inside the precincts of Parliament.

Just a day after the New Year, a hearth gutted components of Parliament, destroying each the National Assembly and Old Assembly buildings.

Zandile Mafe, a 49-year-old man, has been arrested in reference to the blaze and faces a number of prices, together with arson and terrorism. His alleged function in the fireplace is a saga by itself – he has simply been admitted for a psychological analysis after being recognized with paranoid schrizophrenia and his legal professionals are combating for his launch on bail.

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Parliamentary speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has insisted that their work will proceed uninterrupted, in the wake of the blaze. February is a vital month for Parliament, as a number of note-worthy occasions are on its calender, together with the Budget Speech and State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“After considering various alternative venues, the meeting took a decision that, beyond the SONA, the sittings of the National Assembly – including the Budget Speech scheduled for February- must be retained within the precincts of Parliament, in the Good Hope Chamber”

Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo

Parliament’s Good Hope Chamber: What to know

Here’s little bit of a historical past lesson for you: The Good Hope Chamber is taken into account one among the oldest meeting rooms of Parliament, having been used for the sittings of the Cape Legislative Assembly between 1854 and 1885. Like the National Assembly and Old Assembly buildings, the Good Hope Chamber was apparently additionally destroyed by a hearth in 1892, earlier than being rebuilt as music corridor round 1900.

Parliament’s spokesperson Moloto Mothapo shared some unimaginable snaps of the constructing on his Twitter web page.

“It has essential technical capabilities and meets basic requirements for sittings of the House. It is one of the buildings of Parliament that has not been affected by the fire and has previously been used for National Assembly Mini-Plenaries. It has a seating capacity of 170 persons and permits 70 persons under Covid-19 social-distancing arrangements”

Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo

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