Ellen Tshabalala must step down – ANC

2014-12-07 16:30

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SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala remains in charge, despite an ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting resolving that she should be asked to step down.

An inquiry into whether she lied about her academic qualifications found her guilty on two charges of misconduct.

City Press has learnt from three sources that ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was asked to “engage” Tshabalala and ask her to resign to avoid further embarrassing the ANC. But the meeting apparently did not happen, and different versions exist as to why it did not.

The one version was that Tshabalala did not arrive for the meeting that was supposed to take place between her, Ramaphosa and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

Another is that immediately after the NEC meeting, Ramaphosa went overseas and did not succeed in scheduling the meeting.

ANC head of communications subcommittee Lindiwe Zulu said she knew that Ramaphosa had been mandated to engage Tshabalala, but was unaware of whether the meeting did in fact take place.

She said the ANC subcommittee had resolved that the communications portfolio committee, the communications minister and leaders of the ANC should handle the matter.

“We decided that even though we have an interest in the SABC being properly managed, we did not want to micromanage them,” she said.

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Ronnie Mamoepa, said he was not aware of Ramaphosa’s meetings at Luthuli House. ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe denied that the NEC discussed the matter, saying the issue had been left to Parliament to finalise.

This week, the portfolio committee on communications resolved to recommend the removal of Tshabalala as SABC chairperson and as a board member. The recommendation will have to be processed by the National Assembly early next year.

But portfolio chairperson Joyce Moloi-Moropa said they had also recommended to the Speaker and to the president that Tshabalala be suspended before Parliament resumes next year.

Tshabalala this week vowed that she would not resign, saying she had done nothing wrong and would produce her qualifications in due course.

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