How SABC chair can end Parly probe

2014-10-19 17:52

Johannesburg - SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala could have cleared up the confusion over her qualifications had she knocked on the right doors, City Press reported on Sunday.

Tshabalala has stalled an official inquiry into her qualifications for three months.

But it takes just four hours to confirm a Unisa degree, which is what she says she holds.

Tshabalala claimed in her CV, submitted to Parliament during the SABC board appointment process, that she holds a BCom and a postgraduate labour relations diploma from Unisa.

However, in July City Press established that she holds no Unisa qualification.

Parliament asked her to produce the degree certificates. She missed the first deadline, 12 August and the second, 31 August. 

During the SABC board appointment process in July last year, Tshabalala claimed she could not produce copies of her degree certificates because they had been lost during a house burglary in 2001 or 2002.

Yet it takes only four hours to query a person’s ID number against the National Qualifications Register, a commercial database that contains graduate information for all South Africa’s major universities, as well as a few private ones.

Had she approached Unisa directly, she would have had a response within a week, or slightly longer, depending on the time in the academic year.

Instead, she has written an angry letter to the communications portfolio committee chair over the formal inquiry launched by Parliament, appointed a legal adviser to interrogate Unisa’s student records and retained a well-known advocate, Norman Arendse, to represent her in Parliament’s inquiry.

Ina van der Merwe, CEO of background screening agency Managed Integrity Evaluation, said the National Qualifications Register contains all graduate records of the 30 major South African tertiary institutions.

It is even possible to confirm a qualification from an institution that was merged into a new institution from this database. So anyone who studied at a major local university in the past 20 years would have no problem obtaining official verification of their qualification, even if they had lost the original degree certificate.

Unisa’s manager of student disciplinary matters, Gherhardt Waldeck, said the university would issue a statement in lieu of a diploma certificate “on receipt of a sworn affidavit wherein it is declared under oath what had happened to the original certificate”.

“The above affidavit must be accompanied by a certified copy of the student’s ID document and an appropriate covering letter, the latter confirming the student’s latest address and contact details,” he said.

Waldeck said it usually took a week to verify a Unisa qualification, although it could take longer during periods when the university held graduation ceremonies.

Tshabalala told City Press she was “dealing with legal people in the institution [Unisa]” and declined to comment further.

Three other universities approached by City Press - Wits, Stellenbosch and KwaZulu-Natal - all had mechanisms in place to reissue lost degree certificates, or provided an alternative official confirmation to their alumnae.

  • thanduxolo.galada - 2014-10-19 18:03

    Mxim. And we who hold legit qualifications don't stand a chance.

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-19 18:20

      It is a matter of one crook,Ellen Tshabalala,who lied about her qualifications,protecting another crook,Cloudy,who lied about his matric,that is protecting the chief crook,Mr Eiffeltower783,who has something like grade 3,but who was still able to negotiate a R1 Trillion nuclear deal with the Russians,alone and in secret,without any witnesses present. Amalgamated Nefarious Crooks protecting each other

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-10-19 20:02

      Ag this is SO silly. She has the right of reply/defence. Well it seems the forging of documents network is charging more money than she can afford. Because she will eventually produce some certification and then off we go, South Africa on our usual merry-go-round. PROBING UNISA's record-keeping, reliability of records etc, etc. No-one on that investigative committee is going to be bothered to do any research until then. They have accommodation, transport and expenses to milk. And that is the real message of the City Press article.

      sam.e.scapes - 2014-10-19 21:24

      Afraid so....this is the new SA and it ain't pretty! ??

      Pack Age - 2014-10-20 00:47

      Sue her for fraud and she must pay back all the salary she received by fraudulent means. Because she was not qualified for that amount of remuneration! It's common racketeering with these nefarious thugs.

  • Lindani Zulu - 2014-10-19 18:06

    I'm loving it..

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-10-19 20:04

      I'm sick of it. On the facts alone the people who make up this 'probe' could have solved it in 7 days flat. So are they too stupid or too cleverly milking all their 'probing' perks? Whatever the answer is, we are paying for this BS

  • Hennie Neuhoff - 2014-10-19 18:06

    Nothing new! Just follow the rest man and apply the delaying tactics, That way you still get paid. Enjoy the trip on the Gravy Train. PS. We know you don't have those qualifications!

  • Made-In SA - 2014-10-19 18:22

    What is that on her head?A mop it looks like,with just the broomstick removed.

      Margaret Cox - 2014-10-19 19:30

      I know where I would insert the broomstick...

  • Herklaas Jantjies - 2014-10-19 18:30

    She can just go to unisa and get her academic record in less than 30 minutes...

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-10-19 20:04

      So can the probing committee.

      gina.swart.5 - 2014-10-19 21:45

      If she actually has one, of course :)

  • Louis van Zyl - 2014-10-19 18:56

    When you are caught at lying it is better to own up and ask forgiveness. You are just digging the whole deeper. About now is a good time to give up this charade

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-10-19 20:09

      We're all out of forgiveness. Democracy is 20 years old now. A fully-fledged adult. I'm sorry doesn't cut any ice. This is a cognisant being, allegedly with degrees, definitely sly, cunning and deceptive. We can't go on accepting 'sorry'. These are dangerous tendencies and they are never stopped with 'sorry'. Otherwise our prisons would be empty

  • wayne.duvenage - 2014-10-19 19:01

    Ellen, Ellen, Ellen. If you do not have this qualification, which you claimed you did have, then you have lied and must resign with immediate effect, or you should be fired. My guess is neither of these actions will happen. There is simply no accountability in Government and their State Owned Entities today.

  • wayne.duvenage - 2014-10-19 19:01

    Ellen, Ellen, Ellen. If you do not have this qualification, which you claimed you did have, then you have lied and must resign with immediate effect, or you should be fired. My guess is neither of these actions will happen. There is simply no accountability in Government and their State Owned Entities today.

  • Koos Hendriks - 2014-10-19 19:08

    I see all anc cadres are just plain doff

  • cornu.perold - 2014-10-19 19:15

    Crooks, all a bunch of crooks.

  • Njabulo Mhlongo - 2014-10-19 19:16

    She just doesn't have the claimed qualification

  • Njabulo Mhlongo - 2014-10-19 19:17

    What en embarassment!

  • leon.vry - 2014-10-19 19:33

    It gets more embarrassing by the day....And the clowns refuse to see or admit anything!!!!! What a total f@$&up!!!and waste of a beautiful country!!!

  • Kwaaitjie Kabouter - 2014-10-19 19:45

    If I am questioned about any qualification I would not hire an advocate I would just produce the qualification without any delay. PERIOD. R1 MILLION says she hasn't got the qualifications. Any bets?

  • Cecelia Hambides Rosa - 2014-10-19 20:14

    Surely her lack of a qualification should show up in the work she produces, or does she just sit a desk and do nothing?

  • addywads - 2014-10-19 20:27

    Aw come on guys! Didn't you know that lying is also a Western ideology? (Being sarcastic for those who will miss it!)

      Hennie Neuhoff - 2014-10-20 04:00

      Yes, and in this case it looks like its part of the "culture" !

  • Wisan JW Justice - 2014-10-19 23:13

    she must have stepped on somebody's cons at the sabc,now the person is dealing with her 'underground',nonetheless she must produce her 'qualifications'....kwaaaks,thief

  • Mally Gee - 2014-10-20 08:15

    This SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala is clearly lying about her qualifications but wants to hold onto her undeserving salary for a little bit longer like the rest of the freeloaders in government.

  • CliveK - 2014-10-20 09:14

    How she can end the probe: Resign, lady, and take Cloudy with you.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-10-20 10:32

    When your qualifications only exist in your head and nowhere else, it is better to resign and take a hike. No more first class travel with the President either.

  • CliveK - 2014-10-20 10:58

    Brilliant cartoon in this morning's Cape Times: Tshabalala has two Ph.Ds - Phantom Documents!

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