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Vol 48 No 4

Published 16th February 2007

South Africa

Women in power

Who are the women vying for the top jobs in the African National Congress, and what are their chances?

The National Assembly has 131 female members out of 400, up from just 12 before the 1994 elections. This places South Africa twelfth in the global league of female parliamentary representation (the top spot goes to Rwanda, 49% of whose parliamentarians are women). On top of that, 12 of the 29 cabinet ministers are women, including the Deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Before 1994 all cabinet ministers had always been white - and male.

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