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Table of precedence in South Africa

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The South African table of precedence is a nominal and symbolic hierarchy of important positions within the Republic of South Africa. It has no legal standing but is used to dictate ceremonial protocol at events of a national nature.

No date of issuance was known to the public, but the present table was amended on 1 January 1996.

Table of precedence

South African Official Table of Precedence[1] is as follows:

Rubric Description
1 President of the Republic
2
3 Chief Justice
President of the Constitutional Court
4 Former presidents of the Republic:
  1. Thabo Mbeki (14 June 1999 – 24 September 2008)
  2. Kgalema Motlanthe (25 September 2008 – 9 May 2009)
  3. Jacob Zuma (9 May 2009 – 14 February 2018)
Former deputy presidents of the Republic:
  1. Frederik Willem de Klerk (10 May 1994 – 30 June 1996)
  2. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (14 June 2005 – 24 September 2008)
  3. Baleka Mbete (25 September 2008 – 9 May 2009)
5 By seniority:
6 Ambassadors (by seniority)
Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary (by seniority)
Charge d'affaires en titre (by seniority)
Heads of other Permanent Diplomatic Missions (by seniority)
7 By seniority:
By seniority:
  • Deputy Speaker of NA
  • Deputy Chairperson of NCOP
By seniority:
  • Chief Whip of the majority party in NA and NCOP
  • Deputy Speakers of Provincial Legislatures
  • Chairperson of NA Standing Committee on Public Accounts
  • Parliamentary Councillor of the President
8
9 Charges d'affaires ad interim of Embassies (by seniority)
Charges d'affaires ad interim of Legations (by seniority)
Charges d'affaires ad interim of other Permanent Diplomatic Missions (by seniority)
10 Leaders of other political parties in NA and NCOP (by seniority)
11 Deputy President of the Constitutional Court
Judges of Appeal (by seniority)
Judges of the Constitutional Court (by seniority)
Judges President (by seniority)
Deputy Judges President (by seniority)
Judges of the Supreme Court (by seniority)
12 Former Chief Justices:
  1. Sandile Ngcobo (12 October 2009 – 12 October 2011)
13 Chairpersons of Commissions established under the Constitution (by seniority)
14 Members of NA and NCOP (by seniority)
Members of Provincial Legislatures (by seniority)
Local royalties (by seniority)
Chairman of the Council for Traditional Leaders
Chairpersons of the Provincial Houses of Traditional Leaders (by seniority)
15 By seniority:
Members of the Public Service Commission (by seniority)
Directors-General and their equivalents of Government Departments, including Secretary to NA, Secretary to NCOP, Secretary for Safety and Security, Defence Secretary and Directors-General of Provinces (by seniority)
Attorneys-General (by seniority)
Chairpersons of State Corporations (by seniority)
16 Mayor of the capital of the Province (in which the function is held)
Chairpersons of the Metropolitan Councils of the region (in which the function is held)
17 Mayor of other Provincial Capitals
18 The spouses of the foregoing persons enjoy the precedence of their spouses
19 Courtesy precedence at the discretion of the President.

References

  1. ^ "Official order of precedence in South Africa" (PDF). Retrieved 21 November 2017.