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Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996)

Chapter 4 – Parliament

National Assembly

53. Decisions



1) Except where the Constitution provides otherwise :
a) a majority of the members of the National Assembly must be present before a vote may be taken on a Bill or an amendment to a Bill;
b) at least one third of the members must be present before a vote may be taken on any other question before the Assembly; and
c) all questions before the Assembly are decided by a majority of the votes cast.


2) The member of the National Assembly presiding at a meeting of the Assembly has no deliberative vote, but :
a) must cast a deciding vote when there is an equal number of votes on each side of a question; and
b) may cast a deliberative vote when a question must be decided with a supporting vote of at least two thirds of the members of the Assembly.