Since 10 May 1994, South Africa has been governed by a democratic,
proportionately elected Government of National Unity ( GNU ), with
a multiparty Cabinet, which has been appointed for five years.
The Constitution of South Africa Act, 1993 ( Act 200 of 1993 ) was
the product of extensive multiparty negotiations. This Constitution
was also the foundation for the 1996 Constitution of the Republic
of South Africa. Public participation played an important role in
the drafting of the new Constitution.
Today, the Republic of South Africa is divided into nine provinces,
each with its own legislature, premier and Ministers. Each provincial
legislature is represented in the National Council of Provinces,
which replaced the Senate in Parliament.