South Africa is governed by a constitutional democracy, where the nation, the different provinces and the local areas have their own legislative and executive authority. The constitutions that govern these different spheres are said to be "distinction, interdependent, and interrelated," according to the the government. South Africa also has an autonomous judiciary system.
In a constitutional democracy, the rights of the citizens, including the minorities, are protected by the constitution. The people have the ultimate say in the political rule and the power of the government is restricted to only what's in the constitution. Germany, Israel, Japan and the United States of America all practice different forms of constitutional democracy.