Pallo Jordan: Why I did it

2014-08-24 06:00

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Pallo Jordan is considering a lengthy retreat from public life following the furore triggered by the revelation that he possesses neither a doctorate nor a university degree.

This week the former Cabinet minister told City Press: “Now, maybe, I should retire from public life and sit it out.”

In the exclusive interview, Jordan spoke matter-of-factly of the tragic circumstances in which he was first referred to as Dr Jordan.

That was in 1982, in a report about the letter bomb that killed the academic and journalist Ruth First in Maputo.

It appeared in the authoritative newsletter Africa Confidential and noted that “social scientist Dr Pallo Jordan” was also injured in the blast.

“I didn’t dispute it,” Jordan said this week. And the belief that he had a doctorate “developed a momentum of its own”.

Jordan admitted he was only ever registered at one university, the University of Wisconsin (UW) in the US.

But he attended lectures at three others, including the University of Cape Town (UCT).

» Get City Press newspaper for more from the exclusive interview.

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