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|Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries|
11 May 2009 – 25 May 2014
|Preceded by||Dirk du Toit|
|Succeeded by||Bheki Cele|
|Leader of the Freedom Front Plus|
26 June 2001
|Member of Parliament|
26 July 1951 |
Randfontein, Gauteng, South Africa
|Political party||Freedom Front Plus|
|Conservative Party of South Africa|
|Relations||Connie Mulder (father)|
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 2009-2014.
Early life and politics
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).
Prior to South Africa's first multi-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 leader since the party's founding, retired from politics in 2001 and left Mulder in charge.
Deputy Minister and Leader of the Freedom Front Plus
In 2004, under Mulder's leadership, the Freedom Front was renamed Freedom Front Plus after absorbing the smaller Conservative Party, the Afrikaner Eenheids Beweging (Afrikaner Unity Movement), which lost its only seat in the National Assembly due to floor-crossing, and the Federale Alliansie of Dr. Louis Luyt. During the elections in 2004, the new "Freedom Front Plus" managed to gain four seats in the National Assembly. It has held on to them ever since.
On 10 May 2009 President Jacob Zuma announced his appointment of Mulder as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Mulder served until May 2014, when he was replaced by former Police Commissioner Bheki Cele.