Youth league wants honorary doctorates for Pallo Jordan

2014-08-12 08:22

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Pallo Jordan resigning from Parliament after reports that his qualifications are false was a show of humility, the ANC Youth League has said.

“He remains our comrade, our teacher and our mentor, regardless of his human defects,” the league said yesterday.

“As the ANC Youth League, we have always taken his contribution to any and all discussions seriously and we shall continue to do so. For when we engage as comrades we do not engage with the qualifications of the speaker or presenter but with the content presented or advanced.”

The league said it would engage its structures in tertiary institutions to start the process of ensuring that South African universities conferred honorary doctorates on Jordan for his “immense contribution” in the promotion of literary work and the development of democracy.

African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said yesterday that Jordan had resigned from Parliament and had apologised to the ruling party.

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

Read: Pallo Jordan resigns, apologises to ANC

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, the two institutions cited on his CV.

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

The youth league said it appreciated that Jordan explained himself to the ANC leadership and welcomed his resignation from Parliament.

Jordan should however remain a member of the ruling party and serve in the ANC NEC, it said.

“We are of the firm view that he is an integral part of the ANC and he should not be permitted to age outside of what he has been all his life,” it said.

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