Minister Dean Macpherson’s Tinder pic goes viral

A Tinder profile picture of newly-appointed Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Dean Macpherson has gone viral on social media.

And like many South Africans, he’s looking for love.

Macpherson is one of six DA ministers elected into cabinet positions. Others include Leon Schreiber (Home Affairs), John Steenhuisen (Agriculture), Dion George (Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment), Siviwe Gwarube (Basic Education), and Solly Malatsi (Communications and Digital Technologies).


On the X app, a screenshot of Dean Macpherson’s Tinder profile has gone viral. It’s also been reposted by EFF leader Julius Malema.

In the pic, the blonde and blue-eyed minister is seen enjoying a glass of beer at a bar.

According to his profile, Macpherson is listed as a 37-year-old gay man who splits his time between Durban and Cape Town. His likes include food, sunsets and walks on the beach.

With the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure now being 39 years old, the screenshot was taken two years ago, before he was sworn into cabinet.

Ironically, in 2014, Dean Macpherson tweeted from his X account: “If you’re on Tinder, does that mean your life is basically over? Asking for a friend”.

As of February 2024, Tinder is the most dating app available, with over 530 million downloads worldwide.

According to The Conversation, the app has built a reputation for being more of a way to search for casual dating or short-term sexual partners than a means to find lasting love.

“Tinder still has a reputation for being a ‘hook-up’ app. Owing to its focus on pictures, physical attractiveness is the main way that users make decisions about matches.”

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Dean Macpherson. Image:: X/@DeanMacpherson


Dean Macpherson is not the only DA member whose piece of personal life has found a way onto social media.

On TikTok, a clip of Minister of Basic Education Siviwe Gwarube preparing her favourite drink – Jägerbomb – has set tongues wagging.

minister of basic education, siviwe gwarube
An old clip of Minister of Basic Education Siviwe Gwarube has gone viral.
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Meanwhile, a clip of MP’s Ian Cameron in blackface and a video of Renaldo Gouws saying the K-word has also come to light.

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