Oh Schucks! Minister of Home Affairs mistaken for SA comedian

The president has barely announced his new cabinet, and South Africans are already confusing Minister of Home Affairs Leon Schreiber with popular comedian Leon Schuster.

The DA MP was named in a special announcement on Sunday evening.

Joining him in office are fellow party members John Steenhuisen (Minister of Agriculture), Dean Macpherson (Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure), Dion George (Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment), Siviwe Gwarube (Minister of Basic Education) and Solly Malatsi (Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies).

In his first official tweet since the cabinet announcement, Leon Schreiber posted: “It is my honour to be appointed as Minister of Home Affairs for the Republic of South Africa. I pledge to serve you to the best of my abilities and in a spirit of collaboration, to demonstrate that South Africans can fix even the most intractable problems when we work together”.

On the X platform, many South Africans have made the mistake of confusing Leon Schreiber with comedian Leon Schuster.

@ChadThaDonDon: “I thought Leon Schuster was sick. How is he a Minister?”

@Ntabise26197326: “Leon Schuster, I hope he will do better with the issue  of these foreigners.”

@Lethu_ofcoz: “Leon Schuster is the new Minister of Home Affairs. Strategic move by the DA.”

Radio and TV personality Dan Corder jokingly tweeted: “Can you imagine Leon Schuster being Home Affairs minister? Next time the system is offline, we just get a press statement saying, “Oh shucks, I’m gatvol.”


Here are five facts about the new Minister of Home Affairs…

He has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, and a PhD in political science.

The minister matriculated in 2006 from the Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, a school well known for producing Springbok players.

Schreiber is a published author, and wrote Coalition Country: South Africa After the ANC, which in 2018.

In 2019, Schreiber resigned from Stellenbosch University’s Institutional Forum after English being elevated above Afrikaans as a teaching medium at the university. 

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