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The North West Provincial Legislature is the primary legislative body of the South African province of North West. It is unicameral in its composition, and elects the premier and the provincial cabinet from among the members of the leading party or coalition in the parliament.

North West Provincial Legislature
6th Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Sussana Rebecca Dantjie, African National Congress
since 21 May 2014[1]
Deputy Speaker
Viola Motsumi, African National Congress
since 22 May 2019[2]
Premier
Leader of the Opposition
Keobakile Babuile, Economic Freedom Fighters
since 22 May 2019
Structure
Seats33
South Africa North West Provincial 2019.svg
Political groups
Government
  •      ANC (21)

Official Opposition

  •      EFF (6)

Other parties

  •      DA (4)
  •      FF+ (2)
Elections
Party-list proportional representation
Last election
8 May 2019
Meeting place
3138 Lucas Mangope Hwy, Mmabatho Unit 1, Mmabatho, 2790
Website
www.nwpl.gov.za

Contents

PowersEdit

The North West Provincial Legislature elects the Premier of North West, the head of the province's executive. The legislature, by passing a motion of no confidence, can force the Premier to resign. The legislature may pass a motion of no confidence to compel the Premier to reconfigure the Executive Council, even though the Executive Council members are selected by the Premier. The legislature also appoints North West's delegates to the National Council of Provinces, allocating delegates to parties in proportion to the number of seats each party holds in the legislature.

The legislature has the power to pass legislation in multiple fields, matters such as health, education (except universities), agriculture, housing, environmental protection, and development planning, all mentioned in the national constitution; in some fields the legislative power is shared with the national parliament, while in others it is reserved to the province alone.

The legislature oversees the administration of the North West provincial government, and the Premier and the members of the Executive Council are required to report to the legislature on the performance of their responsibilities. The legislature also manages the financial affairs of the provincial government by way of the appropriation bills which determine the provincial budget.

ElectionEdit

The Legislature, like all those in South Africa, is chosen via party list proportional representation, for terms of five years, though may be dissolved earlier under certain conditions. The most recent election was held on 8 May 2019. The following table summarises the results.

Party Votes Vote % Seats
African National Congress 590,777 61.87 21
Economic Freedom Fighters 177,983 18.64 6
Democratic Alliance 106,738 11.18 4
Freedom Front Plus 41,266 4.32 2
Other parties 38,072 3.99 0
Total 954,836 100.0 33

The following table shows the composition of the provincial parliament after past elections.

Event Date ANC COPE DP / DA EFF FF/FF+ NP / NNP UCDP
1994 election 27 April 1994 26 0 1 3
1999 election 2 June 1999 27 1 1 1 3
2004 election 14 April 2004 27 2 1 0 3
2009 election 22 April 2009 25 3 3 0 2
2014 election 7 May 2014 23 0 4 5 1 0
2019 election 8 May 2019 21 0 4 6 2 0

OfficersEdit

The Speaker of the Legislature is Sussana Rebecca Dantjie.[4] The Deputy Speaker is Viola Motsumi. They are both members of the African National Congress.

Name Entered office Left office Party
Dimotana Thibedi [5] 1994 1999 ANC
Johannes Selapedi[6] 1999 2004 ANC
Thandi Modise[7] 2004 2009 ANC
Nono Maloyi[8] 2009 2012 ANC
Supra Mahumapelo[9] 2012 2014 ANC
S.R. Dantjie 2014 Incumbent ANC

MembersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ANC appoints presiding officers in North West. Retrieved on 4 June 2019.
  2. ^ Premier Job Mokgoro: 2019 North West Premier inauguration. Retrieved on 4 June 2019.
  3. ^ Women dominate in North West legislature. Retrieved on 4 June 2019.
  4. ^ http://www.nwpl.gov.za/public/index.php
  5. ^ "The profile of Jerry Dimotana Thibedi". Department of Public Works · North West Provincial Government ·Republic of South Africa.
  6. ^ "South Africa: Premiers sworn in But ANC members in W Cape walk out". allAfrica.
  7. ^ "Ms Thandi Modise". Parliament of South Africa.
  8. ^ "Statement by the ANC North West Provincial Executive Committee". African National Congress.
  9. ^ "Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo". People's Assembly.

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