Susan Shabangu

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The Honourable
Susan Shabangu
South Africa's Mining Minister Susan Shibango, 2012. Photo- AusAID (10695929445).jpg
Susan Shabangu
Minister of Social Development
Assumed office
26 February 2018
President Cyril Ramaphosa
Deputy Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu
Preceded by Bathabile Dlamini
Minister of Women in the Presidency
In office
3 June 2014 – 26 February 2018
President Jacob Zuma
Cyril Ramaphosa
Succeeded by Bathabile Dlamini
Minister of Mineral Resources
In office
11 May 2009 – 25 May 2014
Preceded by Buyelwa Sonjica
Succeeded by Ngoako Ramatlhodi
Personal details
Born (1956-02-28) 28 February 1956 (age 62)
Political party African National Congress

Susan Shabangu (28 February 1956) is a South African politician and Minister of Social Development. She was the Minister of mining from 2009 to 2014.[1] Susan Shabangu has been a member of parliament representing the African National Congress since May 1994.[2]


In 2015 she signed an open letter which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa respectively, which will start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.[3]


In April 2008 Shabangu, in her role as deputy minister of safety and security, told an audience of police officers to "kill the bastards", referring to criminals. The remark was met with widespread controversy.[4][5]

In March 2003 Shabangu was charged with public indecency after an altercation with an airport security official in which she lifted her dress after repeatedly setting off a metal detector.[6]

In August 2012, 44 people are killed at Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg after police opened fire on striking workers belonging to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). This incident grabbed global headlines. Two days later after engaging all mining stakeholders in talks regarding the massacre, the Minister was asked why AMCU was not involved in the talks. The Minister stated that she was not aware that AMCU was operating in the mining industry.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet". South African Government Information. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-06. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  3. ^ McVeigh, Tracy. "Poverty is sexist: leading women sign up for global equality | Life and style". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  4. ^ "Pocket dynamite". Independent Online. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Shabangu grilled on 'shoot-to-kill' remarks". Independent Online. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  6. ^ "High, mighty - and very angry". Independent Online. Retrieved 2009-05-10.