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South Africa coat-of-arms; fair use; from http://www. ... // Constitution Following the 1994 elections, South Africa was governed under an interim constitution. ...

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Political parties The President of South Africa is the head of state and head of government under South Africas Constitution. ... The Deputy President of South Africa is appointed by the President of South Africa. ... Ministers, in the South African government, are Members of Parliament who hold a ministerial warrants to perform certain functions of government. ... The Speaker of the National Assembly presides over the South African National Assembly. ... Categories: South African politics | South Africa stubs ... The South African Constitutional Court was established in 1994 by South Africas first democratic constitution: the Interim Constitution of 1993. ... The South African Supreme Court of Appeal is the South African court which has the final say on all matters, except those that involve the constitution. ... The High Court of South Africa is a court of law in South Africa. ... Elections in South Africa gives information on election and election results in South Africa. ... Political parties in South Africa lists political parties in South Africa. ...

The National Assembly is the lower house of the Parliament of South Africa, located in Cape Town, Western Cape Province. It consists of no fewer than 350 and no more than 400 Members elected for a five-year term on the basis of a common voters’ roll. It is presided over by a Speaker, assisted by a Deputy Speaker. The current Speaker is Baleka Mbete. Frene Ginwala was the speaker before the 2004 Elections A lower house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the upper house. ... The Parliament of South Africa, has undergone many transformations, as a result of the countrys tumultuous history. ... City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Province Western Cape Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... Capital Cape Town Largest city Cape Town Area  - Total Ranked 4th 129,370 km² Premier (List) Ebrahim Rasool (ANC) Population   - 2001   - 1996   - Density (2001) Ranked 5th 4,524,335 3,956,875 35/km² (ranked 6th) Languages Afrikaans (55. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to a parliament; in the Westminster system, specifically to the lower house. ... The Speaker of the National Assembly presides over the South African National Assembly. ... Baleka Mbete is a member of the Pan-African Parliament from South Africa. ... Frene Noshir Ginwala (born April 25, 1932) is a South African politician. ...


The National Assembly seats are allocated using a proportional representation system with closed lists. Voters have one vote at elections to the National Assembly. One half of the members are allocated via regional party lists in multi-member constituencies. The other half are allocated via a national party list in one national multi-member constituency. Parties decide whether they want to set up a national and regional lists or regional lists only.


In South Africa’s second democratic general election in 1999, the African National Congress won 266 seats. They were followed by the Democratic Party with 38 seats, the Inkatha Freedom Party with 34, the New National Party with 28, and the United Democratic Movement with 14. Other smaller parties are also represented. South Africas second non-racial general election, held on 1999-06-02, was won by the African National Congress (ANC), who increased their number of seats by 14. ... The African National Congress (ANC) is a centre-left political party, and has been South Africas governing party (in a coalition) since the establishment of majority rule in May 1994. ... The Democratic Party (DP) was the name of the South African political party now called the Democratic Alliance (DA). ... The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is a political party in South Africa. ... The New National Party (NNP) was a South African conservative political party formed when the National Party pulled out of the Government of National Unity with the African National Congress and decided to change its name in the process. ... The United Democratic Movement is a South African political party, formed by a prominent former National Party leader, Roelf Meyer (who has since resigned from the UDM), and a former African National Congress and homeland leader, Bantu Holomisa in 1997. ...


After the third democratic elections in 2004 the New National Party was severely weakened. Legislative elections were held in South Africa on Wednesday, 14 April 2004. ...


As of 2005 there was much controversy generated by the Floor Crossing legislation. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Floor crossing in South Africa is a controversial system under which Members of Parliament may change political party and take their parliamentary seats with them when they do so. ...


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