Pieter Mulder

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Pieter Mulder
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Mulder in 2013
South African Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
In office
11 May 2009 – 25 May 2014
PresidentJacob Zuma
Preceded byDirk du Toit
Succeeded byBheki Cele
Leader of the Freedom Front Plus
In office
26 June 2001 – 12 November 2016
Preceded byConstand Viljoen
Succeeded byPieter Groenewald
South African Member of Parliament
In office
1988 – 30 November 2017
Personal details
Born (1951-07-26) 26 July 1951 (age 68)
Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa
Political partyFreedom Front Plus
Other political
affiliations
Conservative Party of South Africa
Spouse(s)Triena Mulder
RelationsConnie Mulder (father)
ChildrenHeleen
Suzanne
Catrien
Connie
Gerdi

Pieter Mulder (born 26 July 1951) is a South African politician and the former leader of the Freedom Front Plus. He served as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the cabinet of President Jacob Zuma from 2009 to 2014.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life and politics[edit]

He was born in Randfontein and grew up in Randfontein and Cape Town. He completed his high school education at the Riebeeck High School in Randfontein, where he was headboy and Victor Ludorum in athletics. The son of former cabinet minister Connie Mulder, the young Mulder first worked as a lecturer at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, before being promoted to head of the university's communications department. He represented the town of Potchefstroom in Parliament since 1988, initially elected as an MP for the Conservative Party (KP).[2][3][4]

Freedom Front[edit]

Prior to South Africa's first non-racial elections in 1994, Mulder co-founded the Freedom Front with General Constand Viljoen, a former head of the South African Defence Force. During the elections of 1994, the Freedom Front won nine seats in the National Assembly. This number was slashed to just three during the 1999 elections. Viljoen, who acted as the leader since the party's founding, retired from politics in 2001 and left Mulder in charge.[5][6]

Deputy Minister and Leader of the Freedom Front Plus[edit]

In 2004, under Mulder's leadership, the Freedom Front was renamed Freedom Front Plus after absorbing the smaller Conservative Party, the Afrikaner Eenheidsbeweging (Afrikaner Unity Movement), which lost its only seat in the National Assembly due to floor-crossing, and the Federal Alliance of Dr. Louis Luyt. During the elections in 2004, the new "Freedom Front Plus" managed to gain four seats in the National Assembly.[7][8]

On 10 May 2009 President Jacob Zuma announced his appointment of Mulder as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.[9] Mulder served until May 2014, when he was replaced by former Police Commissioner Bheki Cele.

Mulder stepped down as leader of the Freedom Front Plus in late 2016, and was replaced by fellow MP Pieter Groenewald.[10] He remained a member of parliament until November 2017.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home | Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)". apps.gcis.gov.za. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Pieter Mulder | Who's Who SA". whoswho.co.za. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  3. ^ Abridged CV's of the first 25 candidates on the FF Plus' National Candidate list, Freedom Front Plus, 20 March 2014. Retrieved on 1 August 2019.
  4. ^ Zuma's Cabinet A to Z: part 1, News24, 2 June 2009. Retrieved on 1 August 2019.
  5. ^ ANALYSIS: The who, why and what of the Freedom Front Plus. Retrieved on 1 August 2019.
  6. ^ FF+ leader embraces the watchdog role. Retrieved on 1 August 2019.
  7. ^ Freedom Front Plus: Policies, history and forecast votes for the 2019 Elections, The South African, 9 May 2019. Retrieved on 1 August 2019.
  8. ^ Small parties are shrinking – except for Freedom Front Plus, Mail & Guardian, 26 April 2019. Retrieved on 1 August 2019.
  9. ^ "News24 | South Africa's leading source of breaking news, opinion and insight". News24. Archived from the original on 12 May 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "FF Plus leader Mulder steps down". eNCA. 12 November 2016.
  11. ^ Former FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder bids farewell to Parliament, IOL, 30 November 2017. Retrieved on 1 August 2019.