Pallo Jordan earned DA’s respect – John Steenhuisen

2014-08-12 21:50

Pallo Jordan’s resignation from Parliament is in the best interests of the National Assembly, the ANC, and himself, says the DA.

“This must have been a difficult decision. We respect his choice to take responsibility for his actions,” said DA chief whip John Steenhuisen today.

“There are many other individuals in Parliament who have disgraced themselves much more seriously, who have chosen to avoid accountability at all costs.”

While the DA could not condone Jordan’s dishonesty regarding his academic qualifications, they acknowledged his contribution to the political discourse in South Africa.

“Indeed, one does not require a doctorate to be able to formulate and debate ideas,” said Steenhuisen.

“We have often disagreed and debated vigorously with Jordan, but we have always done so constructively. In so doing, he has earned the DA’s respect as a public intellectual.”

However disappointing the revelations about his academic qualifications may be, the DA wished Jordan the best in whatever he endeavoured to do next.

Yesterday, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said Jordan had resigned from Parliament and apologised to the ANC after reports that his qualifications were false.

Jordan had also offered to resign from the national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC and from the ANC.

“True to his character, he has apologised to the ANC, its membership and South Africa as a whole,” said Mantashe.

“A man of comrade Pallo Jordan’s intellect does not need to perpetuate deceit; he must be given time to deal with his guilt. As the ANC, we have accepted his public apology; to apologise was not an action of the faint-hearted.”

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