No suspension for Ellen Tshabalala flies in face of Parliament committee

2014-10-07 11:53

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Embattled SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala will not be suspended pending Parliament’s inquiry into her allegedly false qualifications.

The Portfolio Committee on Communications unanimously requested that she be suspended pending its investigation, which will commence on October 14, given evidence that she lied about her qualifications and fears that she might use her position to influence evidence.

A memorandum recommending that President Jacob Zuma suspend Tshabalala was sent to speaker Baleka Mbete’s office on September 17. With no action taken since, DA spokesperson on communication Gavin Davis, yesterday asked why Zuma hadn’t done anything about this request. The presidency responded that they never received such a request.

It then emerged that Cedric Frolick, house chairperson for committees and oversight, recommended that the portfolio committee proceed with the enquiry on October 14.

“The President will be informed of the pending inquiry and its outcome,” said Luzuko Jacobs, parliamentary spokesperson.

Frolick is also chair of the ad hoc committee on Nkandla.

Davis was shocked by the decision, as it effectively ignored the recommendation of the committee, which included ANC MPs.

The inquiry follows a report in City Press in July that Tshabalala had lied about her qualifications when she submitted her application to the SABC.

She stated on her CV that she had a BCom degree and a diploma in labour relations, both from the University of South Africa, but the university said it had no record of these.

She told the communications committee that she lost the bag with her qualifications. The committee rejected this explanation.

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