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Naudé, Jozua François

Jozua François Naudé

b. 15 Apr 1889, Middelburg, Cape Colony
d. 31 May 1969, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa

Title: Acting State President of the Republic of South Africa :: Waarnemende Staatspresident van die Republiek van Suid-Afrika
Term: 1 Jun 1967 - 10 Apr 1968
Chronology: 1 Jun 1967, took an oath of office as Acting State President, Government House, Cape Town [1]
  10 Apr 1968, ceased to exercise the functions of office upon the installation of a successor [2]
Names/titles: Also known as Tom Naude
Son of a shopkeeper; matriculated at Middelburg; went to Pretoria where he was registered as an articled clerk with the firm of solicitors, Stegmann and Roos (1907); qualified as an attorney and entered into partnership with Hendrik Mentz (1912); as a supporter of James Barry Munnik Hertzog, he led a protest meeting (1914) opposing South African participation in World War I; spent three months in an internment camp for refusing to fight against the Germans in South-West Africa; was elected a member of the Pietersburg city council (1915); took over the practice when Mentz joined the cabinet of Louis Botha (1916); a member of the National Party (Nasionale Party), he was elected to the House of Assembly of the Union of South Africa, representing Pietersburg (1920-1961); served as whip of the National Party (before 1933), chief whip of the United National South African Party (1933-1939), and chief whip of the Reunited National Party (after 1939); sided with Hertzog and became a member of the United National South African Party (Verenigde Suid-Afrikaanse Nasionale Party) in 1934; seconded Hertzog's motion of neutrality in the House of Assembly (1939); joined the Reunited National Party (Herenigde Nasionale Party, HNP; from 1951 Nasionale Party) in 1940; elected Speaker of the House of Assembly (1948-1950); became known as one of the leading authorities on parliamentary procedure in South Africa; held the offices of minister of posts and telegraphs (1950-1954), minister of health (1954-1956), minister of finance (1956-1958), and minister of internal affairs (1958-1961); entered the Senate in 1960 and was elected President of the Senate (1961-1969); assumed the functions of Acting State President (1 Jun 1967) after the State President elect Theophilus Ebenhaezer Dönges had become gravely ill (11 May 1967) and was unable to enter office; continued in office until the inauguration of Jacobus Johannes Fouché.
Biographical sources: "Dictionary of South African Biography", ed. by C.J. Beyers (Pretoria: Nasional Boekhandel Bpk. for Human Sciences Research Council, 1981), 4:395-396; obituary: Rand Daily Mail, 2 Jun 1969, p. 9.

[1] Government Gazette, No. 1755, 2 Jun 1967, p. 137; Rand Daily Mail, 2 Jun 1967, p. 1.
[2] Government Gazette, No. 2045, Extra, 10 Apr 1968, p. 1; Rand Daily Mail, 11 Apr 1968, pp. 1, 6.