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Government of Gauteng

The government of Gauteng province in South Africa consists of a unicameral legislature elected by proportional representation, and an executive branch headed by a Premier who is elected by the legislature.


Johannesburg City Hall, seat of the provincial legislature

The provincial legislature is a unicameral body of 73 members elected by a system of party-list proportional representation. The legislature is elected for a term of five years, unless it is dissolved early. By convention elections to the provincial legislature are held at the same time as elections to the National Assembly. The legislature meets in the Johannesburg City Hall.

The most recent elections were held on 8 May 2019, and were won by the African National Congress (ANC) which obtained 37 of the 73 seats on the legislature. The composition of the legislature is as follows:

Party Seats
African National Congress 37
Democratic Alliance 20
Economic Freedom Fighters 11
Freedom Front Plus 3
Inkatha Freedom Party 1
African Christian Democratic Party 1
Total 73


The head of the provincial executive is the Premier of Gauteng, who is a member of the provincial legislature elected by the legislature. The Premier appoints an Executive Council who are a cabinet overseeing the executive departments.

As of May 2014 the Premier is David Makhura of the ANC, and the ten members of the Executive Council are described in the following table.

Portfolio MEC
Premier David Makhura
Finance and e-Government Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko
Education Panyaza Lesufi
Community Safety Faith Mazibuko
Human Settlements, Urban Planning and
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Lebogang Maile
Social Development Panyaza Lesufi (acting)
Public Transport and Road Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo
Infrastructure Development and Property Management Tasneem Motara
Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment Morakane Mosupyoe
Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation Mbali Hlophe
Health Bandile Masuku


The seats of the Gauteng Division of the High Court in Pretoria (above) and Johannesburg (below)

South Africa has a single national court system and the provinces do not have their own courts. The Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa, which has seats in Pretoria and Johannesburg, has jurisdiction over all cases arising in the province. However, most cases are first heard in one of the over 25 district magistrates' courts or in the regional magistrate's court for the province. Appeals from the magistrates' courts are to the High Court, and appeals from the High Court are to the Supreme Court of Appeal or the Constitutional Court.

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