The Premier of the Northern Cape is the
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of the Northern Cape province of
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. The current Premier of the Northern Cape is Zamani Saul, a member of the
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, who was elected in the 2019 election. He took office on 22 May 2019.Meet SA's newly elected premiers
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In terms of the Constitution of South Africa, constitution, the executive authority of a province is vested in the Premier. The Premier appoints an Executive Council (South Africa), Executive Council made up of nine members of the provincial legislature; they are called Member of the Executive Council, Members of the Executive Council (MECs). The MECs are effectively minister (government), ministers and the Executive Council a cabinet (government), cabinet at the provincial level. The Premier has the ability to appoint and axe MECs at his/her own discretion. The Premier and the Executive Council are responsible for executing provincial legislation, along with any national legislation allocated to the province. They set provincial policy and administer the departments of the provincial government; 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 of South Africa, Constitutional Court for a final decision. The Premier is also ''ex officio'' a member of the National Council of Provinces, the upper house of Parliament of South Africa, Parliament, as one of the special delegates from the province.Constitution of South Africa

List of Premiers of the Northern Cape


The election for the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature is held every five years, simultaneously with the election of the National Assembly of South Africa, National Assembly; the last such election 2019 South African general 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 passing a motion of no confidence. If the Premiership becomes vacant (for whatever reason) the provincial legislature must elect 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 selected to fill a vacancy the time until the next election does not count as a term.

See also

* Politics of the Northern Cape * Premier (South Africa) * President of South Africa * Politics of South Africa


External links

Office of the Premier
{{Northern Cape province Premiers of the Northern Cape, * Government of the Northern Cape