His Excellence Yunus Carrim is Minister of Communications of the Republic of South Africa since 10 July 2013. He serves in branch and regional structures of the African National Congress and in structures from branch level to Central Committee and Politburo of the South African Communist Party. Also, he is Editor of the SACPs Umsebenzi and The African Communist.
He organized Anti-Apartheid Republic Day Festival demonstrations at Darlington College of Technology in 1971, and he also served as a Chairperson of National Youth Action in Pietermaritzburg between 1972 and 1973. He was detained without trial from August to December 1976 for organizing 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, received United Nations scholarship to study in England.
His Excellency was a member of the Executive Committee of Natal Indian Congress; a member of the Executive Council of the United Democratic Front in Pietermaritzburg; and a Secretary of the Pietermaritzburg Combined Ratepayers and Residents Association from 1986 to 1990. Mr. Carrim has served as a member of the Branch and Regional structures of the African National Congress (ANC); a member of the Branch Central Committee and Politburo of the South African Communist Party (SACP); a Chairperson of the Membership of Legislatures Ad-hoc Committee in 1997; a Chairperson of the Provincial and Local Government Portfolio Committee from March 1998 to June 2004; Chairperson of the Public Enterprises Portfolio Committee since June 2004 and as a member of the Reconstruction and Development Committee in Parliament. He was a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Natal. Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs from 11 May 2009 until 09 July 2013.
Mr. Carrim published academic articles and journalistic pieces on South African Politics, Labor, the National Question, Local Government and other issues. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours and Masters in Sociology from the University of Warwick in England. He obtained an International Diploma in Journalism from Darlington College of Technology in England.