Yunus Carrim on being a communist

New communications minister Yunus Carrim downplays concerns that his communist roots will influence the local ICT market

July 20, 2013
Yunus Carrim header

New communications minister, Yunus Carrim downplayed the impact his communist roots may have on the communications market in South Africa.

Carrim, the former South African Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, replaced Dina Pule as communications minister on 10 July 2013.

DA MP Marian Shinn raised concern over Carrim’s communist roots, saying that “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,” said Shinn.

Carrim downplayed these concerns. Speaking to MG Online deputy editor Verashni Pillay, Carrim said that his communist roots do not mean that he will try to nationalise everything in the communications sector.

“I make no apology for being part of the communist party. I have been a socialist since the age of 17. I am not a Stalinist,” said Carrim.

Addressing concerns that Carrim’s communist roots will influence his decisions in the communications market, he said that he does not decide policy alone.

“I am guided by the ANC and the alliance as a whole,” said Carrim.

More on Yunus Carrim

Urgent measures for SA’s ICT sector: minister

The Ministry of Dysfunction

Yunus Carrim as comms minister: industry responds

Yunus Carrim the new communications minister

Tags: ANC, DA, Dina Pule, DoC, Headline, mail & guardian, Marian Shinn, Verashni Pillay, Yunus Carrim

Free Email Newsletter:
Subscribe

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – technology images can be found here

Join the conversation

Connect with MyBB

twitterfacebookandroidappleblackberrynewsletterfeed

Poll

Which smartphone do you have?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

MakerBot in SA: prices and launch date

MakerBot Replicator Mini Rectron launch

Rectron is officially bringing MakerBot to South Africa

MTN iPhone 6 prices released

iPhone 6

MTN will offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from Friday, 24 October 2014, in MTN branded stores

New MTN video on demand service here soon

MTN VOD

MTN says it will soon launch a subscription-based video on demand service, which will come with subsidised data bundles to access the content at lower prices.

Court grants SABC chair interdict in qualification inquiry

SABC Please Stand By Test Pattern

SABC chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala on Thursday obtained an interim interdict in the Western Cape High Court halting an inquiry into whether she lied about her academic qualifications

Free MyBroadband Newsletter:
Subscribe
X
bool(true)