South Africa’s Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, has been axed, as per President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle announced in Pretoria on 9 July, which also saw the axing of Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi.
The new Minister of Communications is Yunus Carrim, formerly the Deputy Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Carrim is a member of the South African Communist Party’s (SACP’s) central committee and Politburo.
Pule’s controversy-filled tenure at the Department of Communications(DoC) lasted 20 months. At the time of the axing she was under investigation by both the Public Protector and the parliamentary ethics committee for alleged impropriety.
Carrim is the fourth Minister of Communications to take office since 2009.