Parliamentary delegation unable to travel to Cuba due to logistical challenges
2 December 2016
Due to unavoidable logistical challenges, Parliament has decided not to send the multi-party Parliamentary delegation to represent the institution at the official mass memorial service of the late former President of Cuba, El Comandante Fidel Castro, at Plaza Antonio Maceo in Santiago de Cuba, on Saturday, 4 December 2016.
The decision to send the multi-party delegation was agreed upon at the National Assembly Programming Committee meeting yesterday. However, it became impossible to implement this decision due to the logistical difficulties associated with eleventh hour arrangements. Going ahead with the trip would have made it impossible for the Parliamentary delegation to arrive on time for the memorial service.
Disappointing as the circumstances are, the Office of the ANC Chief Whip accepts and agrees with Parliament's rational decision.
Our thoughts remain with the people Cuba during this time of mourning, and we have no doubt that Parliament will at an appropriate time officially pay its tribute to El Comandante Castro in Cuba.
ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE ANC CHIEF WHIP
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