Derek Andre Hanekom is the former South African Minister of Tourism serving from 26 May 2014 to 30 March 2017. He previously served as Minister of Science and Technology from October 2012 – 2014.
He was Deputy Minister of Science and Technology having served under the then-Presidents Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki, and current President Jacob Zuma in May 2009.
He has a strong African National Congress (ANC) history having served three years in prison for the work he did for the ANC during apartheid, with his wife Dr. Trish Hanekom who served three years for her involvement.
Hanekom has been asked to explain why he should not be sacked as chairperson of the party’s national disciplinary committee.
“Dispel this notion of ‘voting with the Opposition. We must vote against state capture‚ massive looting and corruption. Vote for change‚” Hanekom tweeted on August 7.
“Such utterances‚ in the view of the ANC‚ detract from the independence and level of integrity expected of you‚ in the position of disciplinary chairperson‚” said a letter sent to Hanekom.
The letter – signed by party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and widely circulated on social media – gave the former tourism minister 10 days to explain why he should not be removed as chairperson of the committee.