Minister of Communications Dina Pule, who has been dogged by controversy for most of her tenure, was yesterday dismissed by President Jacob Zuma in a cabinet reshuffle which sees her replaced by Yunus Carrim.
Little is known about Carrim, but an official biography states that he was an active anti-apartheid activist from the 1970s.
He has a BA Honours degree and a Masters in Sociology from the University of Warwick in England, and an International Diploma in Journalism from Darlington College.
Even Marion Shinn, the DA’s shadow minister of communications, admits that she knows little of Carrim apart from the fact that he is “an ardent communist and a fan of nationalisation”.
Other pundits suggest, however, that he can do no worse in his new position than his predecessor.