2007 South African floor-crossing window period

The 2007 floor crossing window period in South Africa was a period of 15 days, from 1 to 15 September 2007, in which members of the National Assembly and the provincial legislatures, and municipal councils were able to cross the floor from one political party to another without giving up their seats. The period was authorised by the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution of South Africa,[1] which scheduled regular window periods in the second and fourth September after each election. The previous general election had been held on 14 April 2004, and a previous window period had occurred in September 2005.

In the National Assembly and the provincial legislatures, the changes were minor, with the most significant development being the creation of the African People's Convention by departing members of the Pan Africanist Congress.

The tables below show all the changes; in those provinces not listed there was no change in the provincial legislature.

TablesEdit

National AssemblyEdit

Party Seats before Net change Seats after[2]
ANC 293 +4 297
Democratic Alliance 47 0 47
IFP 23 0 23
UDM 6 0 6
Independent Democrats 5 −1 4
ACDP 4 0 4
Freedom Front Plus 4 0 4
National Democratic Convention 4 0 4
United Christian Democratic Party 3 0 3
Minority Front 2 0 2
African People's Convention[note 1] +2 2
Pan Africanist Congress 3 −2 1
Azanian People's Organisation 1 0 1
Federation of Democrats 1 0 1
National Alliance[note 1] +1 1
United Independent Front 2 −2 0
Progressive Independent Movement 1 −1 0
United Party 1 −1 0
Total 400

Eastern Cape Provincial LegislatureEdit

Party Seats before Net change Seats after[3]
ANC 51 +2 53
Democratic Alliance 5 0 5
UDM 4 0 4
African People's Convention[note 1] +1 1
United Independent Front 2 −2 0
Pan Africanist Congress 1 −1 0
Total 63

Gauteng Provincial LegislatureEdit

Party Seats before Net change Seats after[3]
ANC 51 0 51
Democratic Alliance 12 +1 13
IFP 2 0 2
Freedom Front Plus 1 +1 2
Independent Democrats 1 +1 2
ACDP 1 0 1
Alliance of Free Democrats 1 0 1
African People's Convention[note 1] +1 1
Federal Alliance 2 −2 0
Pan Africanist Congress 1 −1 0
United Independent Front 1 −1 0
Total 73

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial LegislatureEdit

Party Seats before Net change Seats after[3]
ANC 40 +1 41
IFP 27 0 27
Democratic Alliance 5 0 5
National Democratic Convention 4 −1 3
Minority Front 2 0 2
ACDP 1 0 1
UDM 1 0 1
Total 80

Limpopo Provincial LegislatureEdit

Party Seats before Net change Seats after[3]
ANC 45 +1 46
Democratic Alliance 2 −1 1
ACDP 1 0 1
United Independent Front 1 0 1
Total 49

Northern Cape Provincial LegislatureEdit

Party Seats before Net change Seats after[3]
ANC 24 +1 25
Democratic Alliance 3 −1 2
ACDP 1 0 1
Freedom Front Plus 1 0 1
Independent Democrats 1 0 1
Total 30

Western Cape Provincial ParliamentEdit

Party Seats before Net change Seats after[3]
ANC 24 +3 27
Democratic Alliance 13 −2 11
ACDP 2 0 2
United Independent Front 2 −1 1
Independent Democrats 1 0 1
Total 42

National Council of ProvincesEdit

The National Council of Provinces was reconstituted as a result of the changes in the provincial legislatures. Its reconstituted makeup was as follows:[4]

Party Delegate type EC FS G KZN L M NW NC WC Total
ANC Permanent 4 4 4 3 5 5 4 4 3 36 68
Special 4 4 3 2 4 4 4 4 3 32
Democratic Alliance Permanent 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 10 12
Special 1 1 2
IFP Permanent 1 2 3 4
Special 1 1
ACDP Permanent 1 1
Independent Democrats Permanent 1 1
Freedom Front Plus Permanent 1 1
United Christian Democratic Party Permanent 1 1
UDM Permanent 1 1
National Democratic Convention Special 1 1
Total 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 90

Notes to the tablesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Party created during this floor-crossing period.

National floor crossingsEdit

From PAC to APCEdit

Provincial floor crossingsEdit

Eastern CapeEdit

From PAC to APCEdit

Western CapeEdit

From UIF to DAEdit

From DA to ANCEdit

GautengEdit

From PAC to APCEdit

Municipal floor crossingsEdit

City of Cape TownEdit

From DA to NPPEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Constitution Tenth Amendment Act of 2003
  2. ^ "Political Parties in National Assembly". Parliamentary Monitoring Group. Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e f John Kane-Berman; et al. (2008). South Africa Survey 2007/08. South African Institute of Race Relations. p. 650.
  4. ^ John Kane-Berman; et al. (2008). South Africa Survey 2007/08. South African Institute of Race Relations. p. 648.