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South Africa

South Africa

Data points :

Parliament, National Assembly, National Council of Provinces

The IPU data corresponds to the lower chamber if the parliament is bicameral. For information about upper chambers, refer to Parline

Women in parliament
of MPs are women
Youth in parliament
of MPs are under 45
MPs' human rights
cases currently treated by the Committee on the Human Rights of MPs

This page contains the latest IPU news and data for this parliament. The percentage of women in parliament and the percentage of youth participation correspond to the lower chamber if the parliament is bicameral. The number of MP human rights cases corresponds to the latest decisions of the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.

Innovation stories

Changes at the CIP’s Southern Africa Regional Hub

At the 147th IPU Assembly, held in Luanda, Angola, in October 2023, the IPU and the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) marking the transfer of the coordination of the CIP’s Southern Africa Regional Hub from the National Assembly of Zambia to the SADC PF Secretariat.
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Will hybrid parliaments become the new normal?

On 25 January 2023, the IPU’s Centre for Innovation in Parliament held a webinar as part of the launch of the World e-Parliament Report 2022. The event looked at how the period of “enforced innovation” brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic had affected parliamentary working methods and practices.
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South Africa’s digital innovations in a time of pandemic

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the South African parliament was quick to adopt digital innovations to ensure continuity of parliamentary functions. Parliamentary meetings were held entirely virtually or in a hybrid format.
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News in brief
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In a super election year, will women come out on top?

Earlier this year, the IPU announced that around 70 elections were slated to take place in 2024, in what has been dubbed a super election year. In total, thousands of parliamentary seats are up for grabs. As of March 2024
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News in brief

African parliaments talk openly about sexism

Following the publication of the IPU’s regional study on Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa, many African parliaments accepted the IPU’s call to amplify the findings of the study and talk about sexism with the following
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Press releases
Afghan refugees

Regional parliamentary consultations on the predicament of refugees

Hosted by the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), and organized by the IPU in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the African Regional Parliamentary Conference on Comprehensive Responses to Refugee Situations – Effective Parliamentary Approaches, took place from
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Case studies

Case studies
austria youth

International Youth Day 2023: Educating youth for a sustainable future in Austria

To shape a more sustainable, equitable future, young people will need democratic skills. Here’s how the Austrians are leading the change.
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Case studies
south africa

South Africa: Mainstreaming citizen engagement in the constitution

The work of the Parliament of South Africa highlights good practices in institutionalizing and embedding public engagement, based on specific requirements in the country’s Constitution. Parliament has made efforts to ensure that its engagement practices: align practical actions with cultural
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Related events

Conference on "Ensuring Everyone’s Right to Nationality: The Role of Parliaments in Preventing and Ending Statelessness", organized with UNHCR

Cape Town, South Africa

118th IPU Assembly and Related Meetings

Cape Town, South Africa

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