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South Africa

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National Assembly

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Data on youth

Basic information > About parliament

Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Not available
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 youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.
Elections > Election system

Eligibility and voting

Minimum age of eligibility The minimum age to become a member of parliament may be different for each chamber of bicameral parliaments. The age of eligibility is often higher than the minimum age for voting.
Minimum age for voting in parliamentary elections What is the minimum age for voting in parliamentary elections?