|Population (2009 est.)||49,052,489|
|Religious Demographics||Zion Christian 11.1%, Pentacostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Catholic 7.1%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1% (2001 census)|
|Ethnic Groups||black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001 census)|
|Languages||IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2% (2001 census)|
The country has an area of 470,693 square miles and a population of 48.7 million. The 2001 religious demography census estimated that 80 percent of the population is Christian. Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and adherents of traditional African beliefs constitute 5 percent of the population. Approximately 15 percent of the population indicated it adheres to no particular religion or declined to indicate an affiliation. Many combine Christian and indigenous religious practices.
African Independent Churches (AICs) are the largest group of Christian churches. Once regarded as Ethiopian churches, the majority are now referred to as Zionist or Apostolic churches. There are more than 4,000 AICs, with a membership of more than 10 million. The Zionist Christian Church is the largest AIC, with an estimated membership of more than four million. AICs serve more than half the population in the northern KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga areas. There are at least 900 AICs in Soweto.
Other Christian groups include Protestants (Dutch Reformed, Anglican, Baptist, Congregational, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian) and the Roman Catholic Church. Greek Orthodox, Scientology, and Seventh-day Adventist churches are also active.
According to the 2001 census, African Traditionalists make up less than 1 percent of the population. However, of the 15 percent of the population that claimed no religious affiliation on the 2001 census, many of these persons probably adhere to unaffiliated indigenous religions.
An estimated two-thirds of the ethnic Indian population, a majority of which resides in KwaZulu-Natal, practices Hinduism. The small Muslim community is mostly made up of Cape Malays of Indonesian descent, and the remainder is largely of Indian or Pakistani extraction.