SABC’s Ellen Tshabalala fails to prove she has varsity qualifications

2014-09-09 16:06

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Parliament will investigate Ellen Tshabalala, chairperson of the SABC board, after it emerged that she couldn’t furnish the portfolio committee on communication with proof of her qualifications.

The committee is also considering recommending that President Jacob Zuma suspend Tshabalala for the duration of the inquiry.

Tshabalala, who was appointed in October, stated on the CV she provided to the committee when they interviewed her for the post that she had a BCom degree from the University of South Africa, as well as a postgraduate degree in labour relations.

In July, City Press reported that the university confirmed that Tshabalala did not have those qualifications.

The university only made the information available after an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act was made.

Joyce Moloi-Moropa, ANC member of Parliament and chairperson of the committee, said during this afternoon’s meeting that Tshabalala did not provide her with proper answers even after she gave her an extension.

The committee will meet on Tuesday to finalise their plans for the inquiry. The committee will also decide whether to recommend that Tshabalala be suspended.

This decision follows a July 14 request by Democratic Alliance member of Parliament Gavin Davis that Tshabalala be investigated.

“If the inquiry finds that Ms Tshabalala lied to Parliament about her qualifications, she may be removed from office in accordance with section 15 of the Broadcasting Act. Ms Tshabalala may also face criminal charges because perjury is a criminal offence,” he said after the meeting.

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