Par­lia­ment to re­turn for spe­cial sit­ting to pay trib­ute

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NELSON MANDELA 1918-2013 - RE­BECCA JACK­MAN

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.

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