Government in South Africa

Honors English 10

Written by: RJ

In South Africa, a constitutional democracy is in place. The head of state is the president of South Africa and he is to be elected by the Parliament. the National and Provincial levels of the government all have legislative authority. All of these groups are subject to the rules of the constitution. The legislative, executive and judicial are the branches of the government in South Africa along with ministries that contain ministers who are responsible with other task that would not be covered entirely in the other branches of the government. There are a total of nine provinces in South Africa, all of which have their own 30-80 representatives that are included in their legislative branch. The government system is based off that of a republic and they operate what is for the most part, a parliamentary system. There is also a council of provinces that are included under the legislative branch and they protect regional interests of the citizens and governmental regions of that particular region. The president is elected every five years by the members of the parliament. the judicial branch of the government contains different levels of courts including those of magistrates and high crimes. In the legislative branch, the branch that contains the most seats generally has the most control. In the providential government, there are cabinets or executive councils which are in charge of leading the various departments of the provincial government. They only have governmental control over their one particular region though and cannot secede.