The bicameral Parliament of South Africa consists of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. The National Assembly is presided over by a Speaker with the assistance of a Deputy Speaker and the members are elected by the system of proportional representation. The members are elected for a five year term and consist of not more than 400 members or not less than 350 members.
The National Council of Provinces elects its own chairperson and comprises of 54 permanent members and 36 special delegates. The National Council of Provinces is elected by the nine provincial legislatures.
The constitution of South Africa provides for an independent judiciary and the Constitutional Court is the country's highest court of appeal. Alongside the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court also shares the position of the highest court in the country. While the Constitutional Court only decides on constitutional matters, the Supreme Court of Appeal deals with final appeals on all other matters.
The leading political parties of South Africa are:
The African National Congress (ANC) - the governing party.
The Inkatha Freedom Party (Inkatha or IFP)
Democratic Alliance (DA)
South African Communist Party (SACP)
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