Tshabalala’s degree claim has Parliament scurrying

2014-07-16 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Parliament is getting legal advice on whether Ellen Tshabalala, chairperson of the SABC board, can be summonsed to the portfolio committee on communications to explain her qualifications, or lack of thereof.

Sister paper Rapport on Sunday reported Tshabalala had stated in her CV, which was submitted to the communications portfolio committee when it interviewed her for a position on the board, that she has a BCom degree from Unisa as well as a post-graduate diploma in labour relations.

Unisa’s executive director of legal services and information, Jan van Wyk, has however advised that “no qualification was awarded to the mentioned individual” after a Promotion of Access to Information Act application was sent by sister paper City Press.

DA spokesperson on communications Gavin Davis on Sunday said he will write to the chairperson of the communications portfolio committee, Joyce Moloi-Moropa, to request that the committee exercises its powers in terms of Section 15 of the Broadcasting Act to conduct an inquiry into this serious allegation. “If Ms Tshabalala is found guilty of misconduct, she could be dismissed from her post. If it is found that she lied to Parliament, she could be guilty of perjury, which is a criminal offence.”

Moloi-Moropa yesterday said she is getting legal advice. The allegations against Tshabalala come a few days after Hlaudi Motsoeneng was appointed as the COO of the SABC, despite not having a matric certificate. The public protector is also investigating his appointment.

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