SABC chair making clowns of MPs - EFF

2014-10-14 16:58

Cape Town - SABC chair Ellen Tshabalala was treating MPs like clowns, an EFF MP charged on Tuesday after her lawyers threatened to withdraw from an inquiry into whether she lied about her qualifications.

"Ms Tshabalala is turning us into clowns, is turning the institution of Parliament into a merry-go-round," Economic Freedom Fighters MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said as he rejected a request for the inquiry by Parliament's portfolio committee on communications to be postponed so that her advocate could prepare her defence.

"The politics of corruption in South Africa are not going to be resolved when we take so long to answer small questions," he said.

Ndlozi was referring to demands by MPs that Tshabalala stop her "delaying tactics" and simply give MPs a yes or no answer as to whether she in fact had a BCom degree and a post-graduate degree in labour relations.

The University of South Africa (Unisa) has since stated that its records reflect she has neither of the qualifications.

Tshabalala's advocate Norman Arendse, who was apparently only briefed on Monday, rejected MPs' accusations that the request for postponement was meant to deliberately delay the inquiry.

"We are not ready to participate. If you rule to continue, we will ask to be excused, including the SABC chair," Arendse said.

"We think it would be highly prejudicial to her [Tshabalala]... to proceed in her absence."

A frustrated Congress of the People MP Willie Madisha retorted: "You are defying [us]. You are telling the people of our country to go to hell because you will walk out."

Committee chair Joyce Moloi-Moropa warned Madisha to desist from using strong language as she sought to assuage tensions which rose time and again during proceedings.

DA MP Gavin Davis also rejected the request.

Committee backs off

"It's not our problem that counsel was briefed late. I don't see how that can be grounds for a postponement," he said.

Earlier, ANC MPs expressed outrage at the delay in the commencement of the inquiry.

"There's one thing we want. If you have those qualifications, why must we postpone to another day," said ANC MP Maesela Kekana.

"We are tired of these people who make this beautiful republic to be a banana republic."

Moloi-Moropa suggested the inquiry be postponed to Thursday, but Arendse indicated he and Tshabalala would not attend due to other commitments.

The committee reluctantly agreed to postpone the inquiry to a later date to be discussed and confirmed by members.

"Although we have a tight programme with other committee activities, it is in the interest of natural justice that we postpone this inquiry to a date that will be confirmed by the committee," said Moloi-Moropa in a statement.

Tshabalala faces two charges. She is alleged to be guilty of misconduct in terms of the Broadcasting Act for misrepresenting and/or lying about her qualifications in her curriculum vitae.

She is also accused of lying under oath when she stated her qualifications were stolen during a burglary.

  • Ria Cook - 2014-10-14 17:05

    If they look like clowns, sound like clowns, and act like clowns, they are clowns!

      Margaret Cox - 2014-10-14 18:50

      When last did a politician answer a question with a simple Yes or No?

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-14 19:46

      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

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-14 19:49

      @Leonard.That is not bad hair.No,my friend,that is a mop on her head,just the broomstick was removed.Dont insult fake hair like that ever again!

      True South - 2014-10-15 08:59

      In this matter EFF is 100% correct. There shouldn't even be an enquiry or legal representation. Ms Tshabalala must simple produce proof of her qualifications or get fired. But the EFF must also remember that justa week or two ago they also threatened and actually withdrew from a parliamentary committee dealing with their misconduct. Didn't they themselves defy parliament? What goes around comes around.

      Ngwato Wa Ga Monakedi - 2014-10-15 09:10

      It is all zuma's fault. All this people who back zuma for presidency for their own self enrichment since he{zuma} is illiterate.

      Ria Cook - 2014-10-15 10:52

      Alicia, I heard this morning that she is saying that it is not her responsibility to come up with proof of her qualifications, the onus is on the University of Pretoria to come up with the necessary documents - I kid you not! First time ever I hear of somebody who obtains a degree, but doesn't bother to ever ask the institution for the piece of paper proving the qualification!

  • Legens Monspubis - 2014-10-14 17:09

    coming from fessor primus maximus , it means something .

  • piet.vanzyl - 2014-10-14 17:11

    Rich coming from the EFF that turns Parliament into a circus!

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-10-14 17:44

      I have to intercede on their behalf here, much as I might personally dislike them and the way they behave, it has simply been in reaction to the behaviour and frustrating tactics of the ruling zanc ! Who time and again simply put up their huge buttocks and refuse to participate in debate or give simple answers. And all that they have done is confirmed even more firmly how corrupt they actually are. If these allegations that appear to follow almost every single one of them were not true, they would be easy to prove on the turn. Any delaying tactic whatsoever simply confirms their guilt !

  • Phutjane Tladi - 2014-10-14 17:12

    This is zuma's friends ,there doing what their want cos big balls king doing the same.this lady just tell us to go hang

      CliveK - 2014-10-15 08:37

      Zuma has none - balls, I mean, Tladi.

  • drik.hoskin - 2014-10-14 17:15

    And will adv Arendse be sanctioned by his peers? Don't hold your breath.

  • Lawrence Robert Atkinson - 2014-10-14 17:16

    Suspend her, no pay. And appoint someone with the qualifications and ability. But you wouldn't do that, dear ANC. How many albatross' can you carry around your neck before they strangle you?

  • Roddy Jardim - 2014-10-14 17:23

    Too late. Clowns already run the country with their supreme clown leader.

  • Kolobe Kolobenyana - 2014-10-14 17:33

    this is disappointing...why do blacks still vote for the anc when there is a party specially created for them?

      Hendrick Molosiwa - 2014-10-14 18:30

      we do as we want(freedom of choice) why join EFF that never listens to the rule of law but wants everybody to listen to does it feels (kolobe)

  • ivan.marsh.37 - 2014-10-14 17:38

    This is totally umbelievable. Give the lady a deadline within which to submit proof and if she cannot, fire her. Period!

      @Thabo.Shaku - 2014-10-14 22:31

      She is no lady!

  • David Alexander Meyer - 2014-10-14 17:38

    "She is also accused of lying under oath when she stated her qualifications were stolen during a burglary..." How do you steal someone's qualifications?

      Zieyawa Mazet - 2014-10-14 18:56

      My thoughts exactly. I would like to meet with these 'thieves' and find out what they intended to do with her 'degrees'. Or perhaps they had run out of Toilet paper and figured oh what the heck these are not important.

      Roger Pacey - 2014-10-14 19:27

      All my important documents have notarised copies stored in a safe place. Among other things, the degree should have a reference number on it that can be checked if the document gets lost or stolen. If the University doesn't have a record of you and you can't produce the document, you don't have the degree; you've lost the receipt

  • Thabo Kgoebane - 2014-10-14 17:39

    This crook must pay back the money she earned during her chairmanship. And criminal charges must be laid against her.

  • Bento Maepa - 2014-10-14 17:40

    Ellen is loaded with ' SABC corruption' money and Arendse wants to milk her of as much as he possibly can. The vampire has smelt the blood and it ain't going to let go until it has had his fill.

  • Borney Azwendini Lebaka - 2014-10-14 17:43

    Who employed this loser? I think they should also face the music.

  • Brent Webber - 2014-10-14 17:50


  • Mark Smith - 2014-10-14 17:51

    She's having a bad wig day.

  • Mashai Joannes - 2014-10-14 18:02

    When serious allegations of this nature surfaces,it wil be dignifiable for the accused to avail herself and set the record straight and not give the nation a merry-go-round.this woman is showing us the middle finger to say the that very hard to say "I do hv a degree or I faked my curriculum vitae".she should look for some advise from pallo jordan who took responsibility for his misdoings and stepped down with a bit of dignity still left but this woman is going fall so hard by the time she comes to her senses.

  • Plastiek Spies - 2014-10-14 18:16

    Wonder what rabbit she will pull from the hat.

  • Sakhile Goodman Sokhela - 2014-10-14 18:18

    Under Apartheid, British and ANC rule people are deployed to high positions because of their colour (Apartheid) and because they are cadres (ANC). It is not because they qualify and they can period. Its sad because its the same trend that kills every nation though.

  • Hendrick Molosiwa - 2014-10-14 18:24

    Who must have freedom of speech and freedom of expression EFF or Individual members of society???

      Lee Ferreira - 2014-12-29 15:10

      We the people, because we are the people and the backbone of this country! Without us, they are nothing! The sooner they realise that, the better for them, because I see an French Revolution uprising happening in this country!

  • lood.klerk - 2014-10-14 18:24

    Just another anc zombi!!

  • Neville Watson - 2014-10-14 18:27

    Comrade Arendse is very lenient

      @Thabo.Shaku - 2014-10-14 22:33

      Try "dishonest"!

  • Lesia Mohale - 2014-10-14 18:39

    Follow the example of "dr" Pallo Jordan, the more you delay, the more you will be dirtier.

  • Kings Maruping - 2014-10-14 18:57

    I think all SABC board members and employees must be audited, their COO doesnt have fake matric cert, now is their chair, thats South Africans are not paying their tv licenses

  • Kings Maruping - 2014-10-14 18:58

    Value for money

  • Aubrey Christie - 2014-10-14 18:58

    So much for the black empowerment in parliament, in the poo hire a white advocate, Eish

      antonio.tonin.58 - 2014-10-14 19:56

      Norman Arendse is not white. Get your facts straight!

      CliveK - 2014-10-15 14:45

      Aubrey might be wrong this time, but that's usually what happens, Antonio.

  • Kings Maruping - 2014-10-14 19:01

    I think all SABC board members and employees must be audited, thats why South Africans are not paying tv licenses, their COO faked matric certificate now it is their chair!

      CliveK - 2014-10-15 14:43

      Cloudy next.

  • antonio.tonin.58 - 2014-10-14 20:01

    I'm guessing she got her hair and her qualifications from the same shop!

  • Mario Gotze Mulaudzi - 2014-10-14 20:05


  • Truth.speak - 2014-10-14 20:26

    The ANC has turned SA into a banana republic. How can this behaviour be justified in any rational society. Buffoons.

  • magayana - 2014-10-14 20:44

    Of coz she ain't got them papers....

  • Graham Jehoma - 2014-10-14 20:53

    Clowns in a banana republic...that sums up our beloved country...she is playing for a golden handshake and a closed

  • Wisan JW Justice - 2014-10-14 20:58

    vote for anc,they are fighting corruption at all government institutions,excluding zuma their thief in charge,lol

  • @Thabo.Shaku - 2014-10-14 22:29

    I also need a lawyer who can help me produce my qualifications!!

  • @Thabo.Shaku - 2014-10-14 22:37

    Mampara Award 2014!

  • Gee Vee - 2014-10-14 23:18

    Since when do burglars steal papers? Only the 62% notsoclever voters will buy your story ma'am.

  • Kholekile Nyati - 2014-10-14 23:21

    To mix the words 'parliament', 'MPs' and 'clowns' in one sentence....?

  • Lynne Barker - 2014-10-15 05:31

    The only ones who do not act like clowns are the DA....The ANC MPs have totally lost their credibility!

  • Noxolo Motha Shabalala - 2014-10-15 06:41

    I'm sure Dlozi is not only the member of MP who commented about Shabalala why everything it's EFF as if they are the only member of MP

  • John Stoltz - 2014-10-15 06:51

    Now which imbecile could be responsible for this key appointment?? Why not let him explain to the MP's!!

  • selbysello.rasoesoe - 2014-10-15 07:41

    She must get to the institution where she graduated and get necessary documentation to prove that she has qualified. In the absence of those, tough luck to her. Necessary action should be taken including paying back the money she was paid. Fair enough.

  • bruce.hall.50115 - 2014-10-15 08:46

    They don't need her help to look like clowns.

  • David Clive Horne - 2014-10-15 09:08

    clowns,crooks and CRIMINALS..ancstyle!!send them ALL TO PRISON!!!#uselesshumanscumbags

  • Exodus Gucci VanMashatola Snr - 2014-10-15 12:17

    i wish all they wer like Mr or Dr Pallo jordan,u got busted you resing

  • Mike Khoi San - 2014-10-15 13:13

    They stole her qualification is a great punch line at a Clown party.

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