The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal is the head of government
of the KwaZulu-Natal
province of South Africa
. The current Premier of KwaZulu-Natal is Sihle Zikalala
, a member of the African National Congress
, who was elected in the 2019 election
. He took office on 27 May 2019.Sihle Zikalala officially takes over as KZN Premier, vows to emulate Mandela
Retrieved on 25 June 2019.
In terms of the constitution, the executive authority of a province is entrusted in the Premier. The Premier announces an Executive Council consisting of ten members of the provincial legislature; they are called Members of the Executive Council (MECs). The MECs are basically ministers and the Executive Council a cabinet at the provincial level. The Premier has the authority to appoint and axe MECs at his/her own discretion.
The Premier and the Executive Council are responsible for implementing provincial legislation and any national legislation allocated to the province. They set provincial policy and manage the provincial government departments; their actions are subject to the national constitution.
In order for an act of the provincial legislature to become law, the Premier must sign it. If he/she believes that the act is unconstitutional, it can be referred back to the legislature for reconsideration. If the Premier and the legislature cannot agree, the act must be referred to the Constitutional Court for final consideration.
The Premier is also ''ex officio'' a member of the National Council of Provinces, the upper house of Parliament, as one of the special delegates from the province.
[Constitution of South Africa]
The election for the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature is held every five years, simultaneously with the election of the National Assembly; the last such election occurred on 8 May 2019. At the first meeting of the provincial legislature after an election, the members choose the Premier from amongst themselves. The provincial legislature can force the Premier to resign by a motion of no confidence. If the Premiership becomes vacant (for whatever reason) the provincial legislature must choose a new Premier to serve out the period until the next election. One person cannot have served more than two five-year terms as Premier; however, when a Premier is chosen to fill a vacancy the time until the next election does not count as a term.
* Premier (South Africa)
* President of South Africa
* Politics of South Africa
Category:Premiers of KwaZulu-Natal
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