Tom Naudé

Jozua François ('Tom') Naudé (15 April 1889, Middelburg, Cape – 31 May 1969 Cape Town)[1] served as Acting State President of South Africa from 1967 to 1968.[2]

Tom Naudé
Tom Naudé 1962.jpg
State President of South Africa (acting)
In office
Prime MinisterB. J. Vorster
Preceded byCharles Robberts Swart
Succeeded byJacobus Johannes Fouché
Minister of Finance
In office
Prime MinisterH.F. Verwoerd
Minister of Health
In office
Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services of South Africa
In office
Preceded byErasmus, F.C.
Succeeded bySerfontein, J.
Personal details
Jozua François Naudé

(1889-04-15)15 April 1889
Middelburg, Cape, South Africa
Died31 May 1969(1969-05-31) (aged 80)
Cape Town, South Africa
Political partyNational Party
Spouse(s)Alida Bink (d.)
Beatrice Gie (d.)
Susara Durr
Children4 children (Jozua,Andre,Danie and Rey) 3 boys,1 girl

A National Party politician for many years,[3] he served as Minister of Posts and Telegraphs from 1950 to 1954, as Minister of Health from 1954 to 1958, and as Minister of Finance from 1958 to 1961.[4][5] He was then appointed President of the Senate, and in terms of the republican constitution he would be required ex officio to act as State President whenever that office was vacant. He was unexpectedly called upon to do this when Dr Eben Dönges, who was elected to succeed C.R. Swart as State President in 1967, suffered a stroke and fell into a coma before he could be inaugurated. Naudé was Acting State President for ten months, until Dönges died and Jim Fouché was inaugurated in his place.

Tom Naudé Technical High School in Polokwane (previously Pietersburg) was named after him.


  1. ^ "Biography of Naudé, Jozua François". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Presidency in South Africa". Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  3. ^ Kahn, Ellison (1999). Law, Life & Laughter Encore: Legal Anecdotes & Portraits from Southern Africa. Juta & Company. pp. 79–. ISBN 978-0-7021-4577-3.
  4. ^ Lentz, Harris M. (2014). Heads of States and Governments Since 1945. Routledge. pp. 692–. ISBN 978-1-134-26490-2.
  5. ^ Clarke, James; Tyson, Harvey (2003). Laugh, the Beloved Country: A Compendium of South African Humour. Double Storey. pp. 205–. ISBN 978-1-919930-32-9.
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Robberts Swart
State President of South Africa
Succeeded by
Jacobus Johannes Fouché
Preceded by
Eric Louw
Finance Minister of South Africa
Succeeded by
Theophilus Donges
Preceded by
Karl Bremer
Health Minister of South Africa
Succeeded by