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South Africa

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National Assembly

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

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
T R Modise (Female)
Additional information
Elected on 22 May 2019.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary general
Penelope Tyawa (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
12 June 2017 -
Secretary general
Masibulele Xaso (Male)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
215
See historical data for this field.
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
184
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
46.12% 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)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
295
Total per sex
Total of male
230
Total of female
170
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
11
31-40
51
41-45
43
46-50
60
51-60
165
61-70
58
71-80
11
81-90
1
91 and over
0
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%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Election results

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
216
Number of women elected
179
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
44.75%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
179

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
216
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
179
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
T R Modise (Female)
Political party
African National Congress (ANC)
Date of election
22.05.2019
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1930
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
White women only
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1984
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
Colored and South Africans accorded the right to vote but only for their respective Houses in the tri-cameral parliament
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1994
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
The right of all South Africans to vote is enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the constitution since 1996 but men and women had exercised this right since 1994.
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1930
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Stand for Election: Restrictions detail
White women only
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1984
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Stand for Election: Restrictions detail
Colored and South Africans accorded the right to vote but only for their respective Houses in the tri-cameral parliament
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1994
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
The right of all South Africans to vote is enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the constitution since 1996 but men and women had exercised this right since 1994.
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1933
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Multi Party Women's Caucus (2008-01)
Date of creation
01.2008
Formal or informal
Formal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
No
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
No
The caucus has a communication plan
No
Caucus contact details