Dr Zamani Saul is the second man to be at the helm of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, since Manne Dipico – who was the province’s first premier after the 1994 elections. Women have been leading the roost since his second term ended in 2004.

Dr Saul replaces Sylvia Lucas, who has welcomed his appointment, saying the province is in good hands and she looks forward to work with him. The ANC in the Northern Cape has also congratulated its chairperson. The party says Dr Saul has proved that through determination and hard work anything can be achieved. Saul holds a doctorate in public law and jurisprudence as well as a masters degree in Development Studies.

He was the municipal manager for the Pixley Ka Seme District Municipality from the year 2000 to 2008. He has also served the ANC in other capacities, including as the party’s provincial secretary.

In 2018, Kimberly residents blasted the Sol Plaatje Municipality for what they termed double standards. They were upset over Dr Saul alleged massive unpaid rates and taxes bill. He was said to owe the municipality R121 231.81, with R103 301 having been more than 90 days overdue.

Watch Dr Saul’s interview with Lukhanyo Calata during the ANC’s national policy conference in 2017: