South Africa: Current Status

Hayley Shelton

World History- Hjelmgren

5-5-09, 7



South Africa: Current Status


            South Africa has a multiparty parliament democracy  (State, 2009). And, like the USA, Africa’s government consists of three branches. The parliament, which are in charge of drafting laws for the republic, has two houses, the national council of provinces and the national assembly  (State, 2009). The second branch is the independent judiciary, which does the same thing as the supreme court in the united states  (State, 2009).  The president, which is the head of state, is Jacob Zuma  (Jacobs Zumas Burden, 2009).

            The National Assembly, which is one of the two houses within the parliament, chooses the president from within its members (State, 2009). That’s how Thabo Mbeki came into power. Although on April 22 they had a new election to decide whether he should continue to be in power or Jacob Zuma should take his place  (Jacobs Zumas Burden, 2009). Jacob Zuma won.  

            South Africa has a two tiered economy, one rivals other countries, and the other deals with the most basic infrastructure. The people of South Africa can trade freely with any other country. They have a plan to build 1 million new homes in 5 years for homeless people.  (State, 2009)

            South Africa is very active in helping other African countries stop fights and help new countries. Since 1799 the US has had an official presents in South Africa. South Africa has no real enemies.   South Africa has no official religion, and believes in freedom of religion.

            Bibliography Jacobs Zumas Burden. (2009, may 19). Retrieved may 21, 2009, from E Library:;BCLib;document;164038909&edition=&start=1

State, U. D. (2009, march 9). south africa. Retrieved May 7, 2009, from