Derek Hanekom

Derek Hanekom
Derek Andre Hanekom
Born January 13, 1953 (1953-01-13) (age 58)
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Nationality South African
Occupation Politician
Title Mr
Political party African National Congress

Derek Andre Hanekom (b. January 13, 1953, Cape Town) is the current South African Deputy Minister of Science and Technology[1]. He has held this position since 2004 when he was appointed by President Thabo Mbeki. He was reappointed in this position by President Kgalema Motlanthe in September 2008,[2] and again by President Jacob Zuma in May 2009 [3]. He has a strong ANC history having served 2 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.

He is also the former Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs under the Nelson Mandela government. Hanekom's tenure as of Minister of Land Affairs was reflective of his career in the anti-apartheid NGO Sector and was selected by Mandela because of his ability, as an Afrikaner, to negotiate with white land owners. Hanekom's tenure as minister was marked by an affinity for redistribution as opposed to retribution, and rights as opposed to property. This marks a strong contrast with his replacement by the Mbeki government with Thoko Didiza, a middle class ANC cadre. He is currently the chairperson of the disciplinary committee of the African National Congress.

He has served as a member of the African National Congress's National Executive Committee since 1994; he was most recently elected in 2007.

Personal life

He matriculated from Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck in 1970. He was first arrested with his wife, Dr. Trish Hanekom, at a candlelight demonstration at John Vorster Square in 1976, served a prison sentence for his political activities from 1983–1986, and was exiled in Zimbabwe, where he served as a co-ordinator of the Popular History Trust in Harare from 1988 - 1990.


  1. ^ South African Government (24 January 2011 14:50:27). "Deputy Minister of Science & Technology". Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ SA's New Cabinet, Independent Online, 25 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet", Government Communication and Information System, 10 May 2009.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Andre Fourie
Minister of Land Affairs
Succeeded by
as Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs
Preceded by
Kraai van Niekerk
as Minister of Agriculture
Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs
Succeeded by
Thoko Didiza
Preceded by
as Minister of Land Affairs

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