Democracy

Be active citizens, Radebe urges South Africans

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has called on the country's citizens to engage with their elected representatives ahead of the president's #SONA2015 address next week to ensure that the matters that affect their daily lives are placed on the agenda.


Baleka Mbete appointed Speaker of Parliament

ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete was elected Speaker during the the first sitting of South Africa's fifth democratic Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday. This followed the swearing in of 400 new Members of Parliament, representing 13 political parties.


Election 2014: ANC wins with 62% majority

The African National Congress has been declared the winner of South Africa's 2014 general election, after securing 62.1% of the national vote. The Democratic Alliance increased its support nationally to 22.2%, while newcomers the Economic Freedom Fighters won 6.3% of the vote.


Govt calls for unity to move South Africa forward

The government has thanked South Africans for making the country's fifth democratic elections a success. "As we move forward, we need to inculcate the culture of activism and tolerance displayed during the elections into the daily life of our country," says government spokesperson Phumla Williams.


South Africa's election free and fair: AU

The African Union's observer mission has declared South Africa's 2014 general elections as free, fair, transparent and credible. The mission's head, former Ghanaian president John Kufuor, said on Friday that South Africa had "set the bar high" for other countries with upcoming elections in Africa.

More stories from this section...

Featured video

Planning Minister Trevor Manuel on the nine challenges facing South Africa.
Video: the 9 
Challenges Facing SA
The Constitution of 
South Africa

Constitution

One of the most progressive in the world, with a Bill of Rights second to none.

South Africa's judiciary

Judiciary

An independent judiciary, subject only to the Constitution and the law.

Political parties in 
South Africa

Political parties

A vibrant multiparty political system, with 13 parties represented in Parliament.

The media in SA

South Africa boasts a free and independent press, liberalised public and commercial radio and TV, vibrant community radio, an expanding internet presence, and a resurgent film industry. Read more...
The media in 
South Africa

Democracy watchdogs

Nelson Mandela

Find out more about one of the great moral and political leaders of our time.
Go to the 
Nelson Mandela page

72 days that shaped SA

Just how "miraculous" was our transition to democracy? How close did we really come to civil war? Check out press clippings of the 72 days leading up to South Africa's first democratic elections - and see how heavily the odds were stacked against "the rainbow nation".