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Women representation in government increases

More women are expected to be represented in the South African government, both at the national and provincial level the South African media reported this week.

According to calculations by the Electoral Institute of South Africa (EISA), the percentage of women at national and regional level was likely to be close to 30 percent up from 27 percent in the previous parliament.

This would mean that South Africa is one of the few countries in the world which was close to a one-third representation of women in parliament. It said this achievement was due in large part to the ruling ANC’s one-third quota on its election lists. An estimated 97 out of the 266 seats the ANC had in parliament would go to women.

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