Yunus Carrim on being a communist

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

By - July 20, 2013
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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.

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