South Africa

National Assembly

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

Oversight

Oversight tools

Parliament/Chamber has the power to summon members of the government
Yes

Sources: Constitution, art. 56, 69

Parliament/chamber has the power to summon senior government officials
Yes

Sources: Constitution, art. 56, 69

Parliament has the power to approve key government appointments
No
Parliament/chamber has the power to approve key government appointments
Yes
Number of written questions asked, per year
4,203
(2023)
Number of written questions answered by the government, per year
4,202
(2023)

Notes: Total written questions for 2013-2017 include both chambers of the parliament.

Percentage of written questions answered by the government, per year
100.0%
(2023)
Parliament/chamber has power to carry out inquiries
Yes
Number of parliamentary inquiries, per year
1
(2023)

Head of State and/or Government

Parliament’s role in the designation of the Head of Government
Parliament elects the Head of Government

Notes: Only lower chamber is involved

Sources: Constitution, art. 42(3)

The Head of Government is also the Head of State
Yes
Parliament’s role in the designation of the Head of State
No information available

Impeachment and confidence motions

Parliament is automatically dissolved when a motion of no confidence is adopted
No
Chambers that can be dissolved when a motion of no confidence is adopted
No information available

Impeachment procedure

There is a procedure for parliament to dismiss or impeach the following persons/institution
The Head of Government
Chambers that play a role in the dismissal or impeachment
Lower chamber

Sources: Constitution, art 89

No confidence processes

There is a procedure for parliament to express no confidence in the following persons/institution
The whole Government
The Head of Government
Chambers that play a role in motions of no confidence
Lower chamber

Sources: Constitution, art 102

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No