Derek Hanekom is the new South African Minister of Tourism serving as of 25 May 2014.
He previously served as Minister of Science and Technology from 2012-2014. 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 two 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.