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South Africa

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National Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theNational Council of Provinces

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Parliament
Chamber name
National Assembly
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1994-01
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
African Group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
Speaker of the National Assembly
Speaker
T R Modise (Female)
Term
22.05.2019
Additional information
Elected on 22 May 2019.
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Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Acting Secretary to Parliament
Secretary general
Penelope Tyawa (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
12 June 2017 -
Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Secretary of the National Assembly
Secretary general
Masibulele Xaso (Male)

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
400
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
398
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Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
215
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
183
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
45.98% See historical data for this field.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
55,291
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
112,839 See historical data for this field.

Age

Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Hlomela Bucwa (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
88
Oldest member
Buthelezi Mangosuthu (Male)
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 11 51 43 60 165 58 11 1 0
Total <= 45: 105 Total >= 46: 295
Male 0 8 30 18 37 98 33 5 1 0 230
Female 0 3 21 25 23 67 25 6 0 0 170
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger2.75%2%0.75%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger15.5%9.5%6%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger26.25%14%12.25%
Members for whom data is available
400

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.