"This policy brief provides a critical analysis of the role players in South African public policy. The brief argues that the institutional and legal framework of South Africa provides for a democratic and inclusive approach to public policy formulation. However, the political reality of the dominant party system in South Africa undermines the independence of Chapter 9 institutions. Furthermore, because parliament is dominated by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), it is preoccupied with ruling party interests, rather than those of the public in general. With regard to the non-state actors in South African public policy, some interest groups that have a large membership and financial resources turn out to have much power and influence on issues of public policy."