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The Constitution of South Africa is the supreme law of the country. It provides the legal foundation for the existence of the Republic of South Africa, sets out the rights and duties of the citizens of South Africa, and defines the structure of the Government of South Africa. The current Constitution of South Africa was adopted by the Constitutional Assembly on 11 October 1996.

South Africa is a federal parliamentary representative democratic republic, wherein the President of South Africa, elected by parliament, is the head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the two chambers of Parliament, the Council of Provinces and the National Assembly. The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. Government is three-tiered, with representatives being elected at the national, provincial and local levels. South Africans also elect provincial legislatures which govern in respect of each of the country's nine provinces.


The President of the Republic of South Africa is the head of state and head of government under South Africa's Constitution.  The President is elected by members of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, usually being the leader of the largest party, which has been the African National Congress since the first non-racial elections were held on 27 April 1994. The first President to be elected under the new Constitution was Nelson Mandela, who was succeeded by Thabo Mbeki in 1999, followed by Kgalema Motlanthe in September 2008,  Jacob Zuma in May 2009 and Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018. In §5, section 88, the Constitution also limits the President's time in office to two terms. Presidents are elected after each parliamentary election, giving presidents a term of office of between five and ten years.


General elections are held every 5 years. The first fully multi-racial democratic election was held in 1994.



Cyril Ramaphosa

Deputy President

Mr David Mabuza

List of the South African ministers


Minister of Finance

Mr Enoch Godongwana

Minister of Basic Education

Ms Matsi Moshekga

Minister of Mineral Resouces and Energy

Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environement

Mr Gwede Mantashe

Ms Barbara Creecy

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Mr Ronald Lamola

Minister of Public Enterprises

Mr Pravin Gordhan

Minister of Home Affairs

Mr Pakishe Motsoaledi

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Ms Naledi Pandor

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Ms Patricia de Lille

Minister of Water and Sanitation

Minister of Health

Mr Senzo Mchunu

Mr Mathume Phaahla

Minister of Transport

Mr Fikile Mbalula

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

Mr Nkosinathi Mthethwa

Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Ms Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Ms Thandi Modise

Minister of Social Development

Ms Lindiwe Zulu

Minister of Public Service and Administration

Ms Ayanda Dlodo

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Ms Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition

Minister Small Business Development

Mr Ebrahim Patel

Ms Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams

Minister of Police

 Gen. Bheki Cele

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

Mr Bonginkosi Nzimande

Minister of Human Settlements

Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi

Minister of Public Service and Administration

Ms Ayanda Dlodlo

Minister of Agriculture, Land reform and  Rural Development

Ms Thoko Didiza

Minister of Tourism

Ms Lindiwe Sisulu

Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with disabilities

Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Minister in the Presidency

Mr Mondli Gungubele