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Deputy President of South Africa


Deputy President of South Africa

Deputy President of the
Republic of South Africa
Cyril Ramaphosa

since 26 May 2014
Residence Oliver Tambo House (Pretoria)
Highstead (Cape Town)
Dr John L Dube House (Durban)
Appointer President of South Africa
Term length Dependent on several factors. See below
Average term is 5 years
Inaugural holder F. W. De Klerk and Thabo Mbeki
Formation 10 May 1994
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
South Africa
Foreign relations

The Deputy President of South Africa is the acting President of South Africa when the President is outside the country's borders, unable to fulfill the duties of the office, or when the Presidency is vacant. The Deputy President is also a member of the National Assembly and the Cabinet. The Deputy President is constitutionally required to 'assist the President in the execution of the functions of government,' and may be assigned any government portfolio by presidential proclamation.

Under the interim constitution (valid from 1994 to 1996), there was a Government of National Unity, in which a member of parliament from the largest opposition party was entitled to a position as deputy president. Along with Mbeki, the previous State President, F.W. De Klerk also served as Deputy President in his capacity as the leader of the National Party, then the second-largest party in the new Parliament. De Klerk later resigned and went into opposition with his party. A voluntary coalition government continues to exist under the new constitution (adopted in 1996), although there have been no appointments of opposition politicians to the post of deputy president.

The current deputy president, appointed by President Jacob Zuma on 25 May 2014, is Cyril Ramaphosa.[1]

The official living residences of the Deputy President are Oliver Tambo House in Pretoria, Highstead in Cape Town and Dr John L Dube House in Durban.


  • Inception and expiry of term 1
  • List of Deputy Presidents of South Africa, 1994–present 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Inception and expiry of term

The Union Buildings in Pretoria is the seat of the South African Presidency.
The Deputy President's term of office is not fixed by law. The Deputy President's term begins when he or she is appointed by the President from amongst members of the National Assembly and takes a prescribed oath.

The Deputy President's term is ended by one of four constitutional mechanisms: dismissal by the President, a successful 'motion of no confidence in the President' by the National Assembly, a successful 'motion of no confidence excluding the President' by the National Assembly, or a newly elected President's assumption of office. Presumably, a statement of resignation would also be sufficient to end a Deputy President's term of office.

List of Deputy Presidents of South Africa, 1994–present

# Deputy President Portrait Took office Left office President Party
1 F. W. de Klerk
10 May 1994 30 June 1996
Nelson Mandela NP
2 Thabo Mbeki
10 May 1994 16 June 1999
(Became President)
3 Jacob Zuma
16 June 1999 14 June 2005
Thabo Mbeki
4 Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
14 June 2005 24 September 2008
5 Baleka Mbete
24 September 2008 9 May 2009 Kgalema Motlanthe
6 Kgalema Motlanthe
9 May 2009 26 May 2014 Jacob Zuma
7 Cyril Ramaphosa
26 May 2014 Incumbent

See also


  1. ^ Ferreira, Emsie (25 May 2014). "Few surprises in Zuma's new Cabinet". News24. SAPA. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
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