The president must choose the Cabinet ministers from the members of the National Assembly. No more than two can be people not already part of the National Assembly.
President Ramaphosa included three
party members not already in the National Assembly in his Cabinet. Parks Tau was on the Gauteng provincial list.
Who has opted out
By June 14, nine MPs had resigned from the National Assembly. All are former Cabinet ministers who were not chosen by the president for Cabinet posts this time around. They are Tokozile Xasa, former sports minister, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, former state security minister, Susan Shabangu, former social development minister, Nomaindia Mfeketo, former human settlements minister, and Jeff Radebe, former energy minister, Derek Hanekom, former tourism minister, Bathabile Dlamini, former women’s minister, Siyabonga Cwele, former home affairs minister, and Mildred Oliphant, former labour minister.
Women In Parliament & Cabinet
With 30 of the 64 Cabinet members being women, the gender makeup of the Cabinet mirrors that of the National Assembly, from which it is
South Africa ranks among the top few countries in which women
make up a significant portion of the national parliament. In the UK's House of Commons 32% of
the seats are held by women, and in Australia women hold 29% of the seats. Closer to home, Rwanda's national parliament is made up of more
than 60% women, while Kenya's is at the lower end with 22% women.
Half of South Africa's Cabinet ministers are 57 or older while the average age of the members of the National Assembly is 50 years old. For a more detailed look at the ages of MPs see our Parliamentary visualisation
How much do they earn?
South Africa's members of Parliament and Cabinet ministers are well paid for their services. They earn significantly more than the average South African. So how much do they get paid? Can you
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How much do members of parliament get paid per year?
The members of the National Assembly each earn at least R1,106,940 per year. Some, such as Cabinet ministers are paid more than R2 million per year.
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The average annual salary for people employed in the formal sector is R254,280 per year, or R21,190 a month*. That means that the approximately 400 members of the National Assembly all earn at least four times the salary of the average South African employed in the formal sector. This excludes the more than 27% of South Africans who are unemployed**. It also excludes those who work in the agricultural and informal sectors.
A member of parliament will earn R1,106,940 per year, or R92,245 per month. MPs such as the National Assembly speaker will earn significantly more than other MPs. The speaker will earn R2,825,470 per year (R235,455 a month). Cabinet ministers will be paid R2,401,633 per year.