Free State Provincial Legislature

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Free State Provincial Legislature

Vrystaatse Provinsiale Wetgewer  (Afrikaans)
Kopano ea Molao ea Lekhotla la Free State  (Sotho)
6th Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Zanele Sifuba, ANC
since 22 May 2019[1]
Deputy Speaker
Lucy Mapena, ANC
since 22 May 2019[2]
Sisi Ntombela, ANC
since 27 March 2018[3]
Leader of the Opposition
Roy Jankielsohn, DA
since 21 May 2014[4]
Free State Provincial Legislature 2019.svg
Political groups
  •   ANC (19)

Official Opposition

Other parties

Party-list proportional representation
Last election
8 May 2019
Meeting place
Legislative chamber, Free State parliament (6461110525).jpg
Legislative Chamber, Vierde Raadsaal, Bloemfontein

The Free State Provincial Legislature is the primary legislative body of the South African province of Free State. It is unicameral in its composition, and elects the premier and the executive council from among the members of the leading party or coalition in the parliament.


The Free State Provincial Legislature chooses the Premier of Free State, the head of the Free State's provincial executive. The legislature can force the Premier to resign by passing a motion of no confidence. Although the Executive Council is chosen by the Premier, the legislature may pass a motion of no confidence to force the Premier to change the composition of the Council. The legislature also appoints Free State'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 numerous fields specified in the national constitution; in some fields, the legislative power is shared with the national parliament, while in other fields it is solely reserved to the Free State alone. The fields include health, education (except universities), agriculture, housing, environmental protection, and development planning.

The legislature oversees the administration of the Free State 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 finances of the provincial government by way of the appropriation bills which determine the Free State's provincial budget.


The provincial legislature consists of 30 members, who are elected through a system of party list proportional representation with closed lists. The most recent election was held on 8 May 2019. The following table summarises the results.

Party Votes Vote % Seats
ANC 541,535 61.14 19
Democratic Alliance 155,694 17.58 6
Economic Freedom Fighters 111,427 12.58 4
Freedom Front Plus 35,031 3.96 1
Other parties 41,990 4.74 0
Total 885,677 100.0 30

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

1994 election 0 24 2 4
1999 election 0 25 2 1 2
2004 election 1 25 3 1 0
2009 election 0 22 4 3 1
2014 election 0 22 0 5 2 1
2019 election 0 19 0 6 4 1


The following people have served as Speaker of the Free State Provincial Legislature:

Name Entered Office Left Office Party
Motlalepule Chambaku[5] 1994 1998 ANC
Joel Mafereka[6] 1998 2001 ANC
Jani Mohapi 2001 2002 ANC
Mxolisi Dukwana[7] 2002 2008 ANC
Sisi Mabe 2014 2014 ANC
Motlagomang Qabathe 2015 2019 ANC
Zanele Sifuba 2019 Incumbent ANC



  1. ^ New FS Legislature speaker unafraid to make changes to systems where necessary. Retrieved on 23 May 2019.
  2. ^ Call for gender representation when Premier announces her cabinet. Retrieved on 23 May 2019.
  3. ^ Sisi Ntombela re-elected as Free State premier
  4. ^ Roy Jankielsohn. Retrieved on 23 May 2019.
  5. ^ Executive Summary: Provincial 10 Year Review Implementation Report
  6. ^ News - South Africa: ANC Renegades To be Disciplined After Poll
  7. ^ Who's Who of South Africa