President of South Africa

South Africa's head of state and head of government

The President of the Republic of South Africa is the head of state and head of government under the Constitution of South Africa. From 1961 to 1994, the head of state was called the State President.

President of the
Republic of South Africa
  • 10 other official names:
  • President van Suid-Afrika  (Afrikaans)
  • uMongameli weSewula Afrika  (Southern Ndebele)
  • uMongameli waseMzantsi Afrika  (Xhosa)
  • Umongameli waseNingizimu Afrika  (Zulu)
  • uMengameli weleNingizimu Afrika  (Swazi)
  • Mopresidente wa Afrika Borwa  (Northern Sotho)
  • Mopresident wa Afrika Borwa  (Sotho)
  • Moporesitente wa Aforika Borwa  (Tswana)
  • Puresidente wa Afrika-Dzonga  (Tsonga)
  • Muphuresidennde wa Afrika Tshipembe  (Venda)-->
Cyril Ramaphosa

since 15 February 2018
StyleHis/Her Excellency
ResidenceMahlamba Ndlopfu (Pretoria)
Genadendal (Cape Town)
Dr. John L. Dube House (Durban)
AppointerNational Assembly of South Africa
Term length5 years
renewable once
Inaugural holderNelson Mandela
Formation10 May 1994
DeputyDeputy President of South Africa
SalaryR 2,716,798 ($ 200,411)[1]

The role as President of South Africa was originally founded to be different from being prime minister. The two roles were merged in the 1983 constitution which calls for a four-year term of office. The 1993 and later constitutions limit the president's time in office to two five-year terms.[2] The first President to be elected under the new constitution was Nelson Mandela. The current president is Cyril Ramaphosa.

List of presidents of South Africa (1994 – present)



  1. van Wyk, Anim; Wilkinson, Kate (19 August 2014). "How much does SA's Cabinet really cost?". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  2. "Constitution, chapter 5: The President and National Executive, 88. Term of office of President". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2013-06-29.

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