Pallo Jordan’s wisdom not confined to degrees – Stone Sizani

2014-08-11 18:35

With or without academic qualifications, Pallo Jordan remains a source of pride for the ANC, says the party’s parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani.

“He is one of the movement’s greatest products, a public intellectual par excellence and a consummate historian,” said Sizani today.

“While academic achievements are important, they can never truly define one’s wisdom, intelligence or intellectual depth.”

He said reports that Jordan, an ANC MP and stalwart, did not have the academic qualifications he has long been associated with was a “publicity gimmick”.

There was no violation of parliamentary ethics code or misrepresentation, said Sizani.

The Sunday Times reported last week that no evidence could be found that Jordan, who goes by the title ‘Dr’ has ever had an honorary doctorate bestowed on him.

Jordan has no degrees or diplomas from the University of Wisconsin-Madison or the London School of Economics (LSE), the two institutions cited on his CV.

He has no formal tertiary academic qualifications whatsoever, the publication reported.

Yesterday, the newspaper reported that Jordan had not been heard from since its earlier report and was dumped this week as a Business Day columnist because he failed to submit his weekly column for the publication.

Close friends, comrades and neighbours have reportedly also not seen or heard from Jordan. Some said they were worried.

The ANC could not immediately shed light on his whereabouts.

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