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South Africa

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres of coastline that stretches along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini.


Our standard dataset contains 2,400 entities connected with South Africa. This may include sanctioned entities, politically-exposed persons (PEPs), and their close associates, or entities involved in criminal activity.

Data sources

We currently include 2 data sources published by authorities or organizations based in South Africa. See our global list of data sources and our criteria for selecting datasets.

South Africa Wanted PersonsSouth African Police Serviceupdated daily513
South African Targeted Financial SanctionsFinancial Intelligence Centre (FIC)updated daily887

Politically-exposed persons (PEPs)

Our database contains 1,075 entities identified as PEPs connected with South Africa.

National government positions

Number of known occupants
Head of state or governmentCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Deputy President2--
Deputy President of South Africa-5-
President of South Africa-31
National executive branchesCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Minister in the Presidency14-
Minister in the Presidency for Electricity1--
Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation1--
Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities1--
Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development1-1
Minister of Arts and Culture-1-
Minister of Basic Education1--
Minister of Communications & Digital Technologies1--
Minister of Communications of South Africa-5-
Minister of Community Safety-2-
Minister of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs13-
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans11-
Minister of Defence of South Africa-4-
Minister of Education-13
Minister of Education-1-
Minister of Employment & Labor1--
Minister of Energy-3-
Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries-11
Minister of Finance16-
Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, & the Environment1--
Minister of Health14-
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation11-
Minister of Home Affairs1--
Minister of Home Affairs of South Africa-71
Minister of Human Settlements12-
Minister of Human Settlements-11
Minister of International Relations & Cooperation13-
Minister of Justice & Correctional Services1--
Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development-21
Minister of Labour-1-
Minister of Mineral Resources-11
Minister of Mineral Resources & Energy1--
Minister of Police131
Minister of Public Enterprises11-
Minister of Public Service & Admin.1--
Minister of Public Works-3-
Minister of Public Works & Infrastructure1--
Minister of Science and Technology-3-
Minister of Small Business Development12-
Minister of Social Development12-
Minister of Social Development-11
Minister of Sport and Recreation-4-
Minister of Sports, Arts, & Culture1--
Minister of State Security-2-
Minister of Tourism14-
Minister of Trade and Industry and Competition111
Minister of Transport13-
Minister of Transport and Public Works-2-
Minister of Water and Sanitation121
Minister of Women in the Presidency-3-
National legislative branchCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Member of the National Assembly-100389
member of the National Assembly of South Africa-524295
member of the National Council of Provinces-31
Member of the North West Provincial Legislature-22
Member of the Parliament of South Africa--4
National judicial branchCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Chief Justice of South Africa-4-
Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa-3-
Public Protector-21
Central banking and financial integrityCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Governor of the South African Reserve Bank--1
Governor, South African Reserve Bank1--
Diplomatic rolesCurrentEndedStatus unclear
ambassador of France to South Africa-31
ambassador of Guinea to South Africa-11
ambassador of Hungary to South Africa-1-
ambassador of South Africa--2
ambassador of Sweden to South Africa--1
ambassador of Zimbabwe to South Africa-21
Ambassador to the US1--
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York1--
South African Ambassador to the United States--2

Subnational government positions

Number of known occupants
Subnational head of state or governmentCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Premier of Gauteng-11
Premier of KwaZulu-Natal-21
Premier of Limpopo--1
Premier of Mpumalanga--1
Premier of North West-21
Premier of the Eastern Cape--1
Premier of the Free State-1-
Premier of the Northern Cape--1
Premier of the Western Cape--1
Subnational legislative branchCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Member of Provincial Parliament of Western Cape-933
Member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature-446
Member of the Free State Legislature-512
Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature-525
Member of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature-11
Member of the Limpopo Provincial Legislature-1-
Member of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature--1
Member of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature--3

Other positions

Number of known occupants
PositionCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Chief of the South African Army-51
Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa-51
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries-41
list of ambassadors of the State of Palestine to South Africa-31
First Lady of South Africa-21
Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities-11
Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism-1-
Department of Human Settlements--1
Department of Tourism-1-
KwaZulu-Natal Legislature--1
Leader of the Opposition-1-
Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services-1-
Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations--1

What do these numbers mean?

We keep track both if political positions and the individuals who occupy those positions over time. Of course, a person can hold a position for multiple terms, and multiple people can occupy the same position at the same time (e.g. members of parliament).

If a person previously held a position, and currently holds the same position, they are only counted once and recorded under Current. If it is unclear from the source whether they have left the position, they will be counted under Unclear.

How can status be unclear?

Some of the data sources we rely on indicate both past and present holders of political offices. In those cases, a lack of a precise end date for a person's occupancy of a position can mean that we don't know whether they currently hold the position or not. Read more...