Status of Women in South Africa

South African Women Political Representation

Election Year 2004 2009 2014 2019 Comment
Women MPs 33% 43% 40% 46% Highest proportion of women in Parliament in 2019.
Women in the NCOP 41% 30% 28% 36% Proportion of women in the NCOP, need substantial increases moving forward.
Women MPLs 30% 41% 37% 46% Highest proportion of women in 2019.
Women in cabinet 42% 41% 41% 50% Highest proportion in 2019, 50% cabinet for the first time
Women deputy ministers 60% 39% 44% 46% Falls short of the 50% mark.
Women premiers 44% 55% 22% 22% Dropped from 2004 and 2009, 22% in the last two elections, needs urgent action to achieve the 50% mark.
Women voters 55% 55% 56% 55% Consistently at around 55%
Women as news sources 22% 24% 25% 20% Lowest proportion of female sources in the last four elections.