Despite gains, the overall picture is of an excruciatingly slow pace in increasing women's participation in the African political space, surveys show.
Top-of-the-range tech equipment, state equipment and free flights form part of MPs' salary packages.
Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters has been at the centre of a number of controversies on the first day of the new Parliament.
ANC national chair Baleka Mbete is the uncontested new speaker of the National Assembly after receiving more than 70% of the votes.
To everyone I owe my new credit limit to, I swear allegiance. So help me Jacob.
Parliament's 400 new and returning MPs have been sworn in, with newcomers including Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu.
The ANC may have to go begging to the opposition to make Baleka Mbete SA's second deputy president, given that her name appears on the national list.
The ANC's Jackson Mthembu is already planning his memoirs, while Agang seemed a little confused about which members were headed for Parliament.
Numerous Cosatu leaders will take seats for the ANC in Parliament in what critics are calling their reward for remaining loyal to the ruling party.
The Diepsloot killings, the EFF's official launch, the US government shutdown ends and Mps declare some interesting gifts. Elephant, anyone?
More than 50 MPs and at least one Cabinet minister have missed the deadline to disclose their business interests to Parliament.
The only answer is a new building to accommodate the incoming bloated legislature but that is mission impossible, an official says.
Non-payments could spiral out of control if the government lends directly to small businesses.
They may be humble servants of the people but some of SA's MPs have become wealthy property moguls, with holdings in some desirable areas.
Nyamezeli Booi has been replaced as chairperson of the defence and military veterans portfolio committee. Malusi Motimele will take over.
Cope MP Phillip Dexter and his wife have laid assault charges against each other.
Preparations began before dawn on Monday to welcome members of South Africa's fourth Parliament for a session likely to be more robust than the last.
The party's money troubles have partly been addressed by the fact that it will have 30 paid MPs in the National Assembly.
At least 10 new faces are expected to adorn Cabinet positions shortly after Jacob Zuma's inauguration next month.