Meet minister Yunus Carrim

The former deputy minister of cooperative governance & traditional affairs has replaced the controversial Dina Pule as communications minister with immediate effect. But who is he? By Craig Wilson.

Yunus Carrim

Yunus Carrim

Yunus Carrim, a former journalist and academic with strong struggle credentials, has replaced Dina Pule as minister of communications with immediate effect. President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a broad cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday.

For the past four years, Carrim has held the position of deputy minister of cooperative governance & traditional affairs and has been a member of parliament in the national assembly since 1994.

He has also previously chaired a number of parliamentary portfolio committees, including justice and constitutional development, public enterprises, and provincial and local government. He has served on a number of ad hoc committees, too.

Politically, he serves in branch and regional structures of the ANC and at branch level to the South African Communist Party’s central committee and politburo.

With a diploma in journalism from the UK’s Darlington College of Education and honours and master’s degrees in sociology from the University of Warwick, Carrim previously worked as a senior lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

In 1976, he was detained without trial for organising demonstrations at the University of Durban-Westville. He was detained again in June 1986 for two weeks.

Carrim’s former position in the cabinet has been filled by Andries Nel.  — (c) 2013 NewsCentral Media

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  • Peter Mansfield

    Let us all pray that Carrim has some knowledge of telecommunications in addition to “struggle credentials” and adherence to outdated ideologies.

    On the bright side, it is hard to imagine that Zuma could have found someone more unsuitable or ill-equipped for the task than his previous choices for this critical portfolio

    Sometimes I get the feeling that Zuma thinks telecommunications has something to do with watching “telly” and that the internet (in-to-net) has got something to do with football.

  • Mimi

    Eish … they r killin DoC with their incompetency. he will b reshuffled in 6 month time.

  • Gondwanaland

    Carrim is a man of integrity and hard work. Wish him all the best.

  • Anne Gray

    He’ll certainly be able to talk it up with his education. Holding thumbs that he’s just, fair and has his head scewed on. Can/will he undo all the aweful decisions made during the Pule era – because the current direction we are heading in needs correction.

  • Vuyani Billy Nyathikazi

    exactly!…..i fear lack of telecommunications in this guy

  • Greg Mahlknecht

    So is my gardener. I wouldn’t want him to run the DoC. I think it’s the lack of knowledge and practical experience that’s the most worrying.

  • P A N T H E R

    Well Said

  • Mahomed Saleem Moorad

    nice retort.

  • Mahomed Saleem Moorad

    i dont think its just the telecomms minister who is to blame.
    i suspect that he is given strict instructions not to do certain things.
    he can be creative about other irrelevant issues but the the real issues which will bring much wanted change are off limits.
    i hope & pray im wrong.

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