Pallo Jordan's fall from grace

By admin
12 August 2014

The man known as one of the leading intellectuals in the senior echelons of the ANC has resigned as a member of parliament after it was revealed that he does not hold a doctorate.

Pallo Jordan, once a minister of arts and culture, was this month found to have lied about his qualifications. For many years, Jordan has gone by the title Dr.

His CV, which was until recently available on the internet, suggested that he had graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the London School of Economics. Neither university had record of him ever studying there, The Sunday Times reported. Jordan had lied; he has never received a PhD or an honourary doctorate. The man acclaimed for his intellect in fact has no tertiary qualification at all.

ANC secretary general Gwede Manatashe has issued a statement saying Jordan had given the ruling party a detailed explanation on claims that his qualifications are false. True to his character, he has apologised to the ANC, its membership and South Africa as a whole. "A man of Comrade Pallo Jordan's intellect does not need to perpetuate deceit; he must be given time to deal with his guilt. As the ANC, we have accepted his public apology; to apologise was not an action of the faint hearted," Mantashe said in a statement. According to Mantashe, the ANC has accepted his resignation from Parliament; meanwhile his membership of the NEC and the ANC have been referred to the structures of the organisation for further discussion.

Twitter has been abuzz with news of Jordan's resignation. Power FM presenter, author and political commentator, Eusebius McKaiser tweeted: "Mr Pallo Jordan remains one of the sharpest minds in our country. It's exhilarating, always, interviewing him. But the resignation is right."

Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos asked: "Wonder who leaked the Pallo Jordan story and for what factional purpose?"

Jordan has often penned scathing columns against President Jacob Zuma.. He once called on the ANC to elect a president that will repair the party’s credibility and dignity, said Zuma’s administration was littered with scandal and also said the ANC must display moral courage over Nkandla.

Business Day editor Songezo Zibi tweeted: "By apologizing and resigning, Pallo Jordan has begun a process of redemption of himself and hopefully our belief in accountability." Zibi has had to pull the plug on Jordan's column as he could not be reached and had missed his deadline. "Pallo Jordan inexplicably failed to file his column three weeks ago, missed his deadline by two days last week and has not responded to numerous attempts to reach him since," said Zibi. "I have decided to discontinue his column and find another columnist in his place. Readers expect some explanation when a regular columnist is absent, and in this instance we have been unable to offer one because he has not offered us any."

According to SA, his father, Dr Archibald Campbell Jordan, was a novelist, linguist and academic and his mother, Dr Priscilla Phyllis Jordan was a lecturer and researcher.

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