Constraints and Prospects for Legislative Oversight in Emerging African Democracies: The Case of South Africa

  • Koliswa M. Notshulwana
  • Teboho J. Lebakeng
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


Many countries around the world have undergone democratic transitions resulting in civilian governments and embracing democratic governance as a preferred system (Izah 2012). In Africa alone, there is an increasing appreciation of the role of parliaments in promoting democracy and good governance. South Africa, as one of the new democracies, also saw a transition from colonial-apartheid to a new dispensation and the country has since been under constitutional democracy premised on the supremacy of the Constitution. In light of such transition, parliament under the new Constitution established Institutions Supporting Democracy (ISDs) to institutionalize oversight (RSA Constitution, Section 181 (2) 1996).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Koliswa M. Notshulwana
    • 1
  • Teboho J. Lebakeng
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political SciencesUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of LimpopoPolokwaneSouth Africa

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