South Africa’s controversy-plagued communications minister has been fired. President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday gave Dina Pule her marching orders, announcing at a hastily arranged media conference at the Union Buildings in Pretoria that current deputy minister of co-operative governance & traditional affairs Yunus Carrim will take the reins from Pule with immediate effect.
Twin investigations into Pule are underway, one by parliament’s ethics committee, and another by public protector Thuli Madonsela. This follows publication of a series of damning articles by the Sunday Times in the past year that implicated Pule in nepotistic and corrupt behaviour related to businessman Phosane Mngqibisa. The newspaper has consistently alleged that Mngqibisa is a romantic partner of the minister’s and has published documents it says prove this.
Parliament has been finalising a report into allegations that Mngqibisa benefited financially from the sponsorship of 2012’s ICT Indaba in Cape Town. TechCentral revealed on Monday that the report was expected to be presented in parliament in late August. At the same time, Pule is facing a detailed probe by Madonsela’s office. Her report is expected soon.
Zuma made a number of other major changes to his cabinet on Tuesday. Connie September is taking over the human settlements portfolio from Tokyo Sexwale, while transport minister Ben Martins swopped porfolios with energy minister Dipuo Peters. Deputy land reform minister Lechesa Tsenoli is taking the reins from Richard Baloyi as co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister.
Pule is the third communications minister to be redeployed or fired by Zuma. In 2011, he moved the generally well-respected Roy Padayachie into the public service & administration portfolio, replacing him with Pule. Padayachie, who passed away in 2011, had replaced Siphiwe Nyanda, who was named as Zuma’s adviser in parliament.
By Dunceon McLeod, Editor of TechCentral. Article appeared on TechCentral.co.za
About Yunus Carrim
Yunus Carrim has been named as the minister of communications on 9 July 2013, and is set to be sworn in on 10 July 2013.
Carrim was previously the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the South African Government.
Position in Parliament
- MP in the National Assembly since 1994
- Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs – since May 2009
- Chairperson: Justice and Constitutional Development Portfolio Committee from September 2007 until April 2009.
- Chairperson: Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee from June 2004 until August 2007.
- Chairperson: Provincial and Local Government Portfolio Committee from March 1998 until June 2004.
- Chairperson: Membership of Legislatures Adhoc Committee, 1997
- Other Committees served in parliament: Reconstruction and Development Committee, Private Members Motions, and several Ad Hoc Committees
Current Position in Party Political Structures
- Serve in branch and regional structures of the African National Congress
- Serve in structures from branch level to Central Committee and Politburo of the South African Communist Party
Other Community Activities
- Serve in a range of community, educational and other organisations
Active in politics since organising anti-Apartheid Republic Day Festival demonstrations at high school in 1971. Chairperson of National Youth Action (Pietermaritzburg), 1972-3. Detained without trial from August to December 1976 for organising demonstrations against Soweto massacre at University of Durban-Westville and in June 1986 for two weeks in terms of the Emergency Regulations. On release from 1976 detention, receive United Nations scholarship to Study in England. Executive Committee member of Natal Indian Congress and Council member of United Democratic Front (Pietermaritzburg) from the mid-eighties. Secretary of Pietermaritzburg Combined Ratepayers and Residents Association (1986-90). Served in a range of community, sports and educational organisations.
BA(Hons) and M.A. in Sociology, University of Warwick (England), International Diploma in Journalism, Darlington College of Technology (England). Studies undertaken between 1977 and 1983 through scholarship from United Nations Educational and Training Project for Southern Africans.
Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Natal, (Pietermaritzburg) and Freelance Journalist. Published academic articles and journalistic pieces on South African Politics, Labour, “National Question”, Local Government and other issues.
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