The Collaboration between Parliament and Provincial Legislatures in South Africa: An Analysis of Challenges and Strategies for Harmonisation
About the Parliament of South Africa | Written on September, 2022
Introduction: Challenges and the Asymmetric Nature of South African Provincial Legislatures
The Republic of South Africa, with its unitary quasi-federal system, presents a unique setting for the exploration of inter-legislative cooperation. The country's provincial legislatures are diverse, marked by notable discrepancies in terms of wealth, capacity and the challenges they face. For instance, some provinces are relatively affluent, while others, particularly those previously designated as 'homelands', grapple with underfunding and reduced capacity. This asymmetric distribution of resources, among other factors, poses significant challenges to the harmonisation of legislative processes and initiatives across the nation.