‘I’m still standing’, says defiant Tshabalala

2014-12-19 00:00

CAPE TOWN — It’s not nearly the end of her, the beleaguered Ellen Tshabalala, who quit this week as SABC chair, said yesterday.

President Jacob Zuma’s announcement on Wednesday that he had accepted her resignation brought an end to a months-long saga over her fraudulently claimed qualifications.

Her resignation was widely welcomed, including by the ANC.

Tshabalala told sister paper Die Burger in a telephonic interview that she is not dependent on the SABC.

“I’m still standing. You won’t break my spirit. I don’t need anyone to tell me who I am. I will fight to the bitter end, even in the courts. The truth will come out.”

Tshabalala challenged Media24, owner of Die Burger and The Witness, which she said had a “vendetta” against her and with which she doesn’t want to speak.

She said she had already also resigned from all state institutions, and from the board of the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM), which drives the government’s morals project.

She said the SABC saga had begun to affect her family.

DA MP Gavin Davis wrote to the head of the MRM, Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, yesterday asking that Tshabalala be fired.

He said she does not personify the sort of person who could serve on its board, who are described as ordinary people who embody the “ideal character” in word and deed.

Davis said Tshabalala’s behaviour conflicted with at least three of the aims of the movement, namely, to strive for honesty, integrity and loyalty, as well as to behave morally.

On inquiry, Mkhatshwa said ­Tshabalala rang him on Tuesday to tell him she was resigning from his board.

“She undertook to put it formally in writing,” he said.

By yesterday, Tshabalala’s name still appeared on the movement’s website as a director.

Mkhatshwa said he was relieved that she resigned, because the board was concerned and was planning to force her out.

Davis has also opened a case of perjury against Tshabalala because she swore in an affidavit that she had been burgled and lost proof of qualifications that Unisa said she never earned.

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