Parliament to return for special sitting to pay tribute
THE TWO Houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), will have a joint sitting to honour Nelson Mandela on Monday at 2pm, although they are in recess.
Parliament issued a statement saying it would like to honour Madiba, “as the world fondly remembers him”.
The statement said that, in terms of the rules of Parliament, the Speaker of the National Assembly and chairperson of the NCOP acting jointly may call a joint sitting of the Houses when necessary.
“The passing of an iconic world statesman, a political, moral and intellectual colossus of Madiba’s stature, more than justifies the convening of a special sitting of Parliament, even during recess,” the presiding officers said.
They said space would be made available to accommodate members of the public who wanted to attend the event.
However, space was limited so seating would be on a “first-come, first-served basis”.
They announced that all flags within Parliament would remain at half- mast, and that condolence books would be made available until after the funeral, to be held in Qunu on December 15.
Parliament said it would also be making space available to enable the public to pay their last respects during the mourning period, and announced plans for a special exhibition.
● For information about arrangements for Mandela’s funeral, call ( 021) 403 2502/2621/2833.