Bathabile Dlamini Biography
Bathabile Dlamini was born on 10th September 1962 in Nquthu, South Africa. She is a South African politician, the Minister for Women in the Presidency and ANC Women’s League president.
She previously served as Minister of Social Development. Prior to her appointment as Minister of Social Development, Ms Dlamini was Deputy Minister of Social Development of the Republic of South Africa from 11 May 2009 to 31 October 2010.
Bathabile Dlamini Age
She was born on 10th September 1962.
Bathabile Dlamini Husband
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Bathabile Dlamini Daughter
Dlamini’s daughter is Skhumbuzo Mazibuko. The daughter is said to be in business with Sassa acting CEO Pearl Bhengu. Skhumbuzo Mazibuko and Pearl Bhengu are both directors of Umnotho Wabafazi Biz. The company was registered in July 2015 when Mazibuko was just 19. A company records search revealed. A third director is also listed.
The business is active but, responding to questions from the Mail & Guardian, social development spokesperson Lumka Oliphant said the company never got off the ground.
Oliphant said the company was started by a group of women for the sole purpose of buying shares, with a view to enter the maritime industry. The deal never materialised because it hinged on the group being accepted as part of a consortium, which did not happen. She said Bhengu had disclosed her directorship in Umnotho Wabafazi Biz, as required by law. But she did not respond to a question about the potential conflict of interest such an association may pose.
Bathabile Dlamini Education Background
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies from the University of Zululand obtained in 1989.
Bathabile Dlamini Career
In 1983 she became one of the founding members of Imbali Youth Organisation, an affiliate of the United Democratic Front. Ms Dlamini is an active member of the Idlangamabala Youth at Imbali’s St Marks Anglican Church, as well as the South African Students Congress. She joined the South African National Students Congress in 1985. She worked with various structures after the release of Nelson Mandela, including the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions, as well as the youth and various underground structures of the ANC. She became part of the interim leadership that was formed to build the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) structures in the Kwa-Zulu- Natal regions in 1991. During that period, she was elected to the first Regional Executive Committee of the ANCWL.
Between 1991 and 1993, Ms Dlamini worked for the Pietermaritzburg Cripples Care Association, a non-governmental organisation, that supports people who have physical disabilities. During this time, she also served as a member of the Imbali Rehabilitation Programme, and as Deputy Secretary General of the ANCWL in 1993.
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In 1992 and 1993 she served as Regional Secretary and was elected as Deputy Secretary General of the ANCWL in 1993. She was later elected as Secretary General of the ANCWL in 1998, and served for two terms until 2008 (one of the longest serving Secretaries-General of the ANCWL.
In 2007, she became a member of the National Executive Council of the ANC, as well as of the National Working Committee. She was also part of the formation of the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa in 2007.
As Member of Parliament, Ms Dlamini served in the Correctional Services and Social Development Portfolio committees from 1994 to 2004.
Bathabile Dlamini Political Positions
- January 2013- Present: Member of the National Working Committee.
- November 2010- Present: Minister of Social Development.
- November 2010- Present: Member of Parliament, African National Congress.
- May 2009 – October 2010: Deputy Minister of Social Development.
- 1998- 2008: Secretary General of African National Congress Women’s League
- 1994 – 2004: Member of Correctional Services
- 1994 – 2004: Member of Social Development.
Bathabile Dlamini Contact Details
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Bathabile Dlamini may face prosecution
Bathabile Dlamini Latest News
Outgoing Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has lived to serve another day as a Cabinet minister, but it won’t be as head of the department overseeing the nation’s social grants scheme.
In a surprise move, the under-fire Dlamini was kept on to serve in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new Cabinet, which was announced on Monday, despite multiple failures to meet the SA Social Security Agency’s (Sassa’s) obligations to the Constitutional Court.
Dlamini – who is also ANC Women’s League president – was reshuffled to become the Minister for Women in the Presidency.
She swops portfolios directly with predecessor, Minister Susan Shabangu, who moves in the opposite direction to head up the Department of Social Development.
Her retention as a minister has been mooted as a strategy to keep the ANC Women’s League satisfied, while the portfolio as a whole may be collapsed once Ramaphosa reconfigures the size of his Cabinet.
Dlamini has endured a torrid 18 months since the run-up to the first failure to meet the Constitutional Court deadline to find a new service provider for the social grants scheme in March last year.
She has garnered a reputation for missing parliamentary committee meetings last year, having skipped or excused herself for at least four portfolio committee meetings in Parliament in 2017, and was involved in public fallouts with her former director general Zane Dangor, former Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza and former finance minister Pravin Gordhan.
She is currently the subject of an inquiry into whether she should be held personally liable for the social grants distribution crisis. Closing arguments will resume on March 19.
Her department also came under fire for paying nearly R150 000 for Dlamini to give an interview on the SABC in August.
And it hasn’t stopped for the embattled ANCWL president. Just this week the SA Human Rights Commission subpoenaed her in relation to the Commission’s National Investigative Hearing on the Status of Mental Health Care in the country.
The commission wants to compel Dlamini to make submissions to the hearings, having failed to respond to numerous requests.
Shabangu will now take over the department with the biggest budget in the fiscus, responsible for safeguarding over R150bn in social grants money, which increased following then finance minister Malusi Gigaba’s budget speech last week.
Leadership of the Sassa issue though was transferred to an inter-ministerial committee in December, headed up by the minister of planning, monitoring and evaluation in the Presidency.
Minister Jeff Radebe held that position formerly, but was replaced on Monday by none other than ANC presidential runner-up Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Radebe moves to the energy ministry.
The inter-ministerial committee has just 33 days to ensure a smooth handover of the social grants scheme from current service provider Cash Paymaster Services to the South African Post Office by April 1.
Dlamini will no longer have any official involvement in the migration of the grants scheme.