The Premier has the power to hire and fire MECs at his/her own discretion.
If he/she believes that the act is unconstitutional, it can be referred back to the legislature for reconsideration.If the Premier and the legislature cannot agree, the act must be referred to the Constitutional Court for a final decision.The Premier is also ex officio a member of the National Council of Provinces, the upper house of Parliament, as one of the special delegates from his or her province.Elections for the nine provincial legislatures are held every five years, simultaneously with the election of the National Assembly; the last such election occurred on .At the first meeting of the provincial legislature after an election, the members choose the Premier from amongst themselves.
The legislature can force the Premier to resign by a motion of no confidence.
If the Premiership becomes vacant (for whatever reason) the legislature must choose a new Premier to serve out the period until the next election.
One person cannot have serve more than two five-year terms as Premier; however, when a Premier is chosen to fill a vacancy the time until the next election does not count as a term.
In terms of the Constitution, the executive authority of a province is vested in the Premier.
The Premier appoints an Executive Council made up of five to ten members of the provincial legislature; they are known as Members of the Executive Council (MECs).
The MECs are effectively ministers and the Executive Council a cabinet at the provincial level.