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Marriage and Family Life

South Africa, English

(1) Every child has the right—

(b) to family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment; … (Sec. 28)

Marriage and Family Life

South Africa, English

(2) Religious observances may be conducted at state or state-aided institutions, provided that-
(a) those observances follow rules made by the appropriate public authorities;
(b) they are conducted on an equitable basis; and
(c) attendance at them is free and voluntary.
(3) (a) This section does not prevent legislation recognising-
(i) marriages concluded under any tradition, or a system of religious, personal or family law; or
(ii) systems of personal and family law under any tradition, or adhered to by persons professing a particular religion.
(b) Recognition in terms of paragraph (a) must be consistent with this section and the other provisions of the Constitution. (Sec. 15)

Political Rights and Association

South Africa, English

(1) Every citizen is free to make political choices, which includes the right -
(a) to form a political party;
(b) to participate in the activities of, or recruit members for, a political party; and
(c) to campaign for a political party or cause.
(2) Every citizen has the right to free, fair and regular elections for any legislative body established in terms of the Constitution.
(3) Every adult citizen has the right -
(a) to vote in elections for any legislative body established in terms of the Constitution, and to do so in secret; and
(b) to stand for public office and, if elected, to hold office. (Sec. 19)

Legislature

South Africa, English

(1) The National Assembly consists of no fewer than 350 and no more than 400 women and men elected as members in terms of an electoral system that–
(a) is prescribed by national legislation;
(b) is based on the national common voters roll;
(c) provides for a minimum voting age of 18 years; and
(d) results, in general, in proportional representation. (Sec. 46)

Legislature

South Africa, English

(1) The National Council of Provinces is composed of a single delegation from each province consisting of ten delegates.
(2) The ten delegates are -
(a) four special delegates consisting of-
(i) the Premier of the province or, if the Premier is not available, any member of the provincial legislature designated by the Premier either generally or for any specific business before the National Council of Provinces; and
(ii) three other special delegates; and
(b) six permanent delegates appointed in terms of section 61(2).
… (Sec. 60)

Legislature

South Africa, English

(1) A person nominated as a permanent delegate must be eligible to be a member of the provincial legislature.
… (Sec. 62)

Government

South Africa, English

(1) The Cabinet consists of the President, as head of the Cabinet, a Deputy President and Ministers.
(2) The President appoints the Deputy President and Ministers, assigns their powers and functions, and may dismiss them.
(3) The President –
(a) must select the Deputy President from among the members of the National Assembly;
(b) may select any number of Ministers from among the members of the Assembly; and
(c) may select no more than two Ministers from outside the Assembly.
(4) The President must appoint a member of the Cabinet to be the leader of government business in the National Assembly.
… (Sec. 91)

Legislature

South Africa, English

(1) Parties represented in a provincial legislature are entitled to delegates in the province’s delegation in accordance with the formula set out in Part B of Schedule 3.
… (Sec. 61)

Electoral Bodies

South Africa, English

(1) The following state institutions strengthen constitutional democracy in the Republic:

(f) The Electoral Commission.
… (Sec. 181)

Electoral Bodies

South Africa, English

(2) The need for a Commission established by this Chapter8 to reflect broadly the race and gender composition of South Africa must be considered when members are appointed.
… (Sec. 193)