New DoC minister “hard working, quiet and loyal”

For the fourth time in five years, President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday (9 July) reshuffled his cabinet, including the appointment of a new minister of communications, Yunus Carrim at the expense of Dina Pule.

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni told Talk Radio 702 he was surprised by the reshuffle.

He said he expected the president to “rather target a person like Dina Pule, who obviously would have been a liability going to elections given all the kinds of scandals which are alleged to be involving herself, as well the performance of her department”.

The former minister is currently being investigated by the Public Protector regarding her involvement in the ICT Indaba scandal, following reports that R25 million raised by sponsors for the event could not be accounted for.

Pule is also currently under investigation by both Parliament’s Ethics Committee and the South African Police Service.

“In the case of Carrim, I think he is one of the longest servicing deputy ministers,” said Fikeni, describing him as “hardworking, quiet, and loyal”.

“So that should be taken for something, because we can’t discount the fact that post-2009, the communist party of all the alliance seems to be the one that has benefited most. The reason, among other things, is that it has been the most dependable and the most intense supporter of the current leadership of the ANC.”

An MP in the National Assembly since 1994, Carrim was previously the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the South African Government.

DA MP Marian Shinn confessed that while she did not know too much about Yunus Carrim, “I understand he is an ardent Communist and fan of nationalisation. I hope his term in office will not lead to increased government control of the sector and interference with the market dynamics that are so essential to the flourishing of the ICT sector and the taking to market of competitive, affordable products and services.”

“I am told he is a hard worker and decisive. I hope he will unlock – to the sector’s advantage – many of the issues (as above) over which former Minister Pule was prevaricating,” Shinn said.

The DA said that Pule’s removal from office was warranted. “She has been instrumental in delaying – if not setting back – some key projects in the ICT areas,” Shinn said.

“She seems to have used her tenure primarily to boost her ego through high-profile events that achieve nothing or very little, and to position her close friends to gain advantages – financial and job-wise – from her patronage,” the DA communications lead said.

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