Democratic Alliance

A guide to South African political parties

With 13 parties represented in Parliament, South Africa has a vibrant multiparty political system. While the African National Congress is in the majority, opposition parties remain robust and vocal. Here's a quick rundown of South African party politics.

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.

Parliament elects Zuma President of South Africa

Jacob Zuma was elected unopposed as President of South Africa by Members of Parliament in the National Assembly in Cape Town on Wednesday. He will take the oath of office at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday.

Parliament elects Zuma President of South Africa

Jacob Zuma was elected unopposed as President of South Africa by Members of Parliament in the National Assembly in Cape Town on Wednesday. He will take the oath of office at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday.

New govt will drive inclusive economic growth: Zuma

The new African National Congress government will use its election mandate to implement policies in line with the National Development Plan (NDP) in order to further improve the quality of life of all South Africans, especially the poor, President-elect Jacob Zuma pledged on the weekend.

Election 2014: over 95% of votes counted

With just over 95% of votes cast having been counted by 9am on Friday, the second day of counting in South Africa's fifth democratic election, the African National Congress (ANC) was in a commanding position nationally, having secured 62.4% of the vote.

A look back at national election results

South Africa has held five national elections since 1994, one every five years. As we await the results of the country's latest national vote, which took place on 7 May 2014 in South Africa's 20th year of democracy, we look back at past election results, from 1994 to 2009.

This is our right that we fought for: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma cast his vote in South Africa's general elections at Ntolwane Primary School near Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday morning. "I hope that all voters will cast their votes freely, without any problems," Zuma said. "This is our right that we fought for."

Election volunteers: the beating heart of democracy

South African election volunteers take their passion for democracy and their party-of-choice manifestos to the people, helping political promises reflect on-the-ground community needs, and building on voter education.

Election volunteers: the beating heart of democracy

South African election volunteers take their passion for democracy and their party-of-choice manifestos to the people, helping political promises reflect on-the-ground community needs, and building on voter education.