In accordance with the Constitution, each of the nine provinces has its own legislature, consisting of between 30 and 80 members. The number of members is determined according to a formula set out in national legislation. The members are elected in terms of proportional representation.
The executive council of a province consists of a premier and a number of members (MECs). Premiers are appointed by the President of the country.
Decisions are taken by consensus, as is the case in the national Cabinet. Besides being able to make provincial laws, a provincial legislature may adopt a constitution for its province if two-thirds of its members agree.
However, a provincial constitution must correspond with the national Constitution.
Relevant sections in the Constitution include:
- Provincial legislatures
- Provincial Executives
- Legislative and executive powers of provincial
- Conflicting laws
Source: South Africa Yearbook 2010/11
Editor: D Burger. Government Communication and Information System
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