Democratic Alliance (10)
National Freedom Party (6)Economic Freedom Fighters(2)
|Party-list proportional representation|
|22 April 2009|
|239 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg|
The KwaZulu-Natal Legislature is the primary legislative body of the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. 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.
The provincial legislature consists of 80 members, who are elected through a system of party list proportional representation with closed lists. In other words, each voter casts a vote for one political party, and seats in the legislature are allocated to the parties in proportion to the number of votes received. The seats are then filled by members in accordance with lists submitted by the parties before the election.
The legislature is elected for a term of five years, unless it is dissolved early. This may occur if the legislature votes to dissolve and it is at least three years since the last election, or if the Premiership falls vacant and the legislature fails to elect a new Premier within ninety days. By convention all nine provincial legislatures and the National Assembly are elected on the same day.
The most recent election was held on 7 May 2014. The following table summarises the results.
|African National Congress||2,475,041||64.52||52|
|Inkatha Freedom Party||416,496||10.86||9|
|National Freedom Party||280,425||7.31||6|
|Economic Freedom Fighters||70,823||1.85||2|
The following table shows the composition of the legislature after past elections and floor-crossing periods.
|Event||Date||ANC||IFP||DP / DA||NP / NNP||MF||ACDP||UDM||Others|
|1994 election||27 April 1994||26||41||2||9||1||1||—||1|
|1999 election||2 June 1999||32||34||7||3||2||1||1||0|
|2003 floor-crossing||4 April 2003||35||32||6||2||2||1||1||1|
|2004 election||14 April 2004||38||30||7||0||2||2||1||0|
|2005 floor-crossing||15 September 2005||40||27||5||—||2||1||1||4|
|2007 floor-crossing||15 September 2007||41||27||5||—||2||1||1||3|
|2009 election||22 April 2009||51||18||7||—||2||1||0||1|
The Speaker of the Legislature is Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni and the Deputy Speaker Mtholephi Emmanuel Mthimkhulu; they are both members of the African National Congress. The following people have served as Speaker:
|Name||Entered Office||Left Office||Party|
|Inkosi Bonga Mdletshe||1994||2004||IFP|
|Willies Mchunu||May 2004||2009||ANC|
|N.P. Nkonyeni||May 6, 2009||Present||ANC|
- Speaker Mdletshe was re-elected on June 18, 1999