Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa

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The Speaker of the National Assembly presides over the National Assembly of South Africa, the lower house of the Parliament of South Africa. The speaker is chosen from among the Members of the Assembly at its first sitting following a general election and whenever the office is vacant.[1] The Speaker acts as a "referee", taking charge of debates to make sure that the MPs can participate freely while keeping to the rules. The Speaker also has managerial duties to ensure that Parliament runs smoothly. Each political party in the Assembly elects a chief whip to run its affairs. The presiding officers, the chief whips, and the Leader of Government Business (the person appointed by the Cabinet to liaise with Parliament) together decide on the programme of work.

The office of Speaker of the National Assembly was preceded by the offices of Speaker of the House of Assembly (1910–1984) under the 1909 and 1961 constitutions and Speaker of Parliament under the Tricameral Parliament (1984–1994).

List of Speakers (1854–Present)[edit]

Speakers of the Cape House of Assembly (1854–1910)[edit]

Speakers of the House of Assembly (1910–1994)[edit]

# Speaker
(Born–Died)
Term of Office Political Party
1 Sir James Molteno - retired Speaker of Parliament RSA.jpg James Tennant Molteno
(1865–1936)[2]
1 November 1910 18 November 1915 South African Party
2 Coat of Arms of South Africa 1910-1930.png Joel Krige
(1866–1933)
19 November 1915 24 July 1924 South African Party
3 EG Jansen 1949.jpg Ernest George Jansen
(1881–1959)
25 July 1924 19 June 1929 National Party
4 Coat of Arms of South Africa 1910-1930.png Jan Hendrick Hofmeyr de Waal
(1871–1937)
19 July 1929 25 May 1933 National Party
EG Jansen 1949.jpg Ernest George Jansen
(1881–1959)
26 May 1933 21 January 1944 National Party
(until 1934)
United Party
(from 1934)
(3)
5 Coat of Arms of South Africa (1932-2000).svg Clifford Meyer van Coller
(1876–1977)
22 January 1944 5 August 1948 United Party
6 Tom Naudé 1962.jpg Jozua François Naudé
(1889–1969)
6 August 1948 7 November 1950 National Party
7 Coat of Arms of South Africa (1932-2000).svg Johannes Conradie 19 January 1951 31 December 1960 National Party
8 Coat of Arms of South Africa (1932-2000).svg Henning Johannes Klopper
(1895–1985)
20 January 1961 1 August 1974 National Party
9 Coat of Arms of South Africa (1932-2000).svg Alwyn Schlebusch
(1917–2008)
2 August 1974 25 January 1976 National Party
10 Coat of Arms of South Africa (1932-2000).svg Jannie Loots
(1914–1998)
26 January 1976 30 July 1981 National Party
11 Coat of Arms of South Africa (1932-2000).svg J. P. du Toit 31 July 1981 13 February 1983 National Party
12 Coat of Arms of South Africa (1932-2000).svg Johan Greeff
(1921–2004)
14 February 1983 31 December 1986 National Party
13 Coat of Arms of South Africa (1932-2000).svg Louis le Grange
(1928–1991)
1 January 1987 26 October 1991 National Party
14 Coat of Arms of South Africa (1932-2000).svg Gene Louw
(1931–)
14 November 1991 26 April 1994 National Party

Speakers of the National Assembly (1994–Present)[edit]

# Speaker
(Born–Died)
Term of Office Political Party
1 No image.png Frene Ginwala
(1932–)
9 May 1994 23 April 2004 African National Congress
2 No image.png Baleka Mbete
(1949–)
23 April 2004 25 September 2008 African National Congress
3 No image.png Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde
(1955–)
25 September 2008 6 May 2009 African National Congress
4 No image.png Max Sisulu
(1945–)
6 May 2009 21 May 2014 African National Congress
(2) No image.png Baleka Mbete
(1949–)
21 May 2014 Incumbent African National Congress

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Speakers Corner". Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ From 1911, Sir James Tennant Molteno

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