Susan Shabangu: I didn’t call Cyril Ramaphosa a ‘liar’

2014-08-30 16:07

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Women Minister Susan Shabangu wants an apology from broadcaster eNCA for reporting that she called Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa a liar.

“Minister Shabangu ... denies that she called Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa a liar, as reported by eNCA,” her department said today.

“Nowhere in [her] evidence did she state that ‘Ramaphosa (is) a liar’ as widely reported by eNews.”

The former mineral resources minister testified at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry on Tuesday. She was asked to recount a discussion she had with Ramaphosa the day before August 16 2012 where 34 miners were shot and killed.

Read: Susan Shabangu says Cyril Ramaphosa is lying about Marikana

The broadcaster’s group news editor Ben Said told Sapa no on-air report had called Shabangu a liar.

“The ministry must tell us specifically where we reported this and we will investigate,” he said.

The broadcaster’s website,, published an online article with the headline “Shabangu calls Ramaphosa a liar” on Tuesday night.

It said: “Former Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has labelled ex-Lonmin executive Cyril Ramaphosa as a liar.

“Shabangu says she never agreed that the 2012 strike in Marikana was criminal and not just a labour dispute.

“Shabangu suggested to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana shooting on Tuesday, that it was Ramaphosa and not her, who was under pressure,” it reported.

The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the deaths of 44 people during the strike-related unrest at Lonmin’s platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg, North West, in August 2012.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police on August 16. Over 70 were wounded and over 200 were arrested. Police were apparently trying to disperse and disarm them.

In the preceding week 10 people, including two policemen and two Lonmin security guards, were killed.

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