Yunus Carrim

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Yunus Carrim is the Minister of Communications of the Republic of South Africa.

Carrim was appointed as communications minister on 10 July 2013.

Yunus Carrim was the former South African Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Carrim holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours and Masters in Sociology from the University of Warwick in England and an International Diploma in Journalism from Darlington College of Technology in England.

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
Political History:
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.

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