SABC boss lied to Parliament

2014-07-13 07:00

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The chairperson of the SABC lied to Parliament about her qualifications.

Ellen Tshabalala – who President Jacob Zuma appointed last October to head the public broadcaster’s board – claimed to have a commerce degree and a postgraduate diploma.

In her CV before the parliamentary portfolio committee on communications, which interviewed her for a board position, Tshabalala said she graduated from Unisa with a BCom and a postgraduate diploma in labour relations.

This claim was repeated in a statement by the presidency announcing her appointment.

But the university’s response to a Promotion of Access to Information Act application sent by City Press revealed she has neither of those qualifications.

Sikhumbuzo Kholwane, the former chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications and now an MEC in Mpumalanga, was in charge of the committee that interviewed Tshabalala for a board position last August.

Asked if he knew Tshabalala had lied about her qualifications, Kholwane said: “No, no, no. I didn’t know. “But when I think back, the question was raised at that time about certificates to prove her qualifications.

“As I recall, she made an indication she’d lost or misplaced the original certificates of the degrees. I recall her indicating she’d requested new certificates from the institutions and had made affidavits to this effect.”

Attempts to obtain comment from Tshabalala this week were unsuccessful.

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