Court to rule on probe into SABC chair

2014-11-12 09:46
Ellen Tshabalala (City Press)

Ellen Tshabalala (City Press)

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Johannesburg - The Western Cape High Court is expected to rule on Wednesday on the inquiry by Parliament's communications committee into SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala's academic qualifications.

Tshabalala obtained an interim interdict on 23 October, halting the inquiry into whether she lied about her qualifications.

She stated on her CV that she had a BComm degree from the University of SA (Unisa) and a post-graduate degree in labour relations.

Unisa has since stated that, according to its records, she had neither of these qualifications.

Tshabalala's lawyers argued on 3 November that Parliament was conducting a disciplinary inquiry against her and had no right to do so.

Norman Arendse told the court Parliament's portfolio committee on communications failed to indicate the legal basis on which it was acting against Tshabalala for allegedly lying about her academic qualifications.

But, he said, since the committee believed it had the power under the Broadcasting Act to recommend to the National Assembly that she be suspended and potentially dismissed, it was running a disciplinary inquiry.

Denzil Potgieter, for Parliament, argued that Arendse was mistaken in arguing the inquiry amounted to a disciplinary hearing. He said it was a parliamentary inquiry as provided for in section 15(1)(a) of the Broadcasting Act and therefore an administrative process.

It was one, he added, that had left the ordinary man in the street wondering why Tshabalala did not simply produce proof of her university qualifications and lay the matter to rest.

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