SABC’s Ellen Tshabalala to be chopped from Transnet board

2014-09-16 17:36

Embattled SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala is set to be “released” from her position as Transnet board member after she failed to produce her qualifications.

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said in an SMS, following a query, that she has sent Tshabalala and Transnet board chairperson, Mafika Mkwanazi, a letter asking them to respond to “allegations in the media”.

This followed a report in City Press that Tshabalala had lied about her qualifications when she submitted her application to the SABC in July last year.

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

Brown said Tshabalala “responded by asking me to allow her to present her qualifications. To date, I have not received it and will have to release her from Transnet”.

Brown says she hasn’t communicated her intention to release Tshabalala from the Transnet board yet, but would do so soon.

Transnet is a state-owned enterprise responsible for ports and transport.

Tshabalala’s suspension from the SABC was recommended by Parliament’s communications committee today, pending the outcome of a probe into her qualifications.

She failed to provide proof of these to the committee.

It is now up to the National Assembly to ask President Jacob Zuma, who appointed her, to suspend her from the SABC board.

Tshabalala is due to appear before the committee on September 25 when the inquiry is due to start.

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