JOHANNESBURG - At least 45% of lawmakers in the soon to be installed sixth Parliament of South Africa will be women, the Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) said on Wednesday.
IEC chairman Glen Mashinini handed the list of 400 designated MPs and 430 members of provincial legislatures (MPLs) to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in what was the final IEC requirement after the general elections last week.
Mogoeng in turn handed the list to Parliament's acting secretary Baby Tyawa at a ceremony held at the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein.
Mashinini said the female representation was up from 42% after the 2014 elections. The legislature with the highest women representation is Mpumalanga where half of the legislators will be female.
''The provincial legislature with the lowest gender representation is the Western Cape where just 35.71% of representatives are women. The average age of our members of Parliament is 50 years old – the same as the average age in 2014. The oldest member of Parliament will be the leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Dr Mangosothu Buthelezi, at 90 years of age. The youngest member of Parliament will be 23-year-old Mr Sibongiseni Ngcobo of the Democratic Alliance,'' said Mashinini.