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Masutha has tough job ahead

Michael Masutha was appointed Minister of Justice and Correctional Services on Sunday.

Michael Masutha has been appointed as Minister of Justice and Correctional Services. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, has a tough job ahead of him.

The ministry is the first of its kind in the country combining two previously separate departments.

This was one of a number changes President Jacob Zuma made to his new Cabinet.

Zuma announced his new Cabinet on Sunday at Tshedimosetso House in Hatfield, Pretoria a day after his inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Masutha was born in 1965 in Limpopo with visual impairment and attended a school for the blind.

Before the age of 30 he was admitted to practice as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

He was also appointed the director of the Disability Rights Unit to advance the human rights of people with disabilities.

In Parliament since 1999, Masutha has held positions with the Justice and Constitutional Development and Social Development Committees.

He was more recently the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology.