|Derek Hanekom MP|
|Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs|
|Preceded by||Kraai van Niekerk|
|Succeeded by||Thoko Didiza|
|Born||Derek Andre Hanekom
13 January 1953
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
|Political party||African National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Trish Hanekom|
Derek Andre Hanekom (born 13 January 1953, Cape Town) is the South African Minister of Science and Technology. He was Deputy Minister of Science and Technology having served under then Presidents Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki, and current President Jacob Zuma in May 2009. 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 a 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 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.
- South African Government (24 January 2011). "Deputy Minister of Science & Technology". Retrieved 28 August 2011.
- SA's New Cabinet, Independent Online, 25 September 2008.
- "Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet", Government Communication and Information System, 10 May 2009.
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Kraai van Niekerk
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|Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs
as Minister of Land Affairs
|Minister of Science and Technology
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