South Africa 5.12.2014 12:00 pm

SABC chairwoman’s legal team to review decision

FILE PICTURE: SABC chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala appears before Parliament's communications portfolio committee on October 14, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Tshabalala appeared before the committee on 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 and is also accused of lying under oath when she stated her qualifications were stolen during a burglary. (Photo by Gallo Images / Business Day / Trevor Samson)

FILE PICTURE: SABC chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala appears before Parliament's communications portfolio committee on October 14, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Tshabalala appeared before the committee on 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 and is also accused of lying under oath when she stated her qualifications were stolen during a burglary. (Photo by Gallo Images / Business Day / Trevor Samson)

SABC chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala’s legal team will review a decision to remove her, and will probably apply for leave to appeal, she said on Friday.

“When we get the decision in writing, we will review it,” Tshabalala told reporters in Johannesburg.

On Wednesday, Parliament’s communications portfolio committee resolved to recommend Tshabalala’s removal from office after an inquiry into whether she lied about her academic qualifications found her guilty on two charges of misconduct.

Tshabalala said on Friday she would provide her qualification when the matter went to court.

She insisted that she attained a qualification in 1996, and said the records of the University of SA (Unisa) were “not my records”.

Unisa executive director for legal services Jan van Wyk told the inquiry its records showed that although Tshabalala registered for a BCom degree and a labour relations diploma, she failed to obtain either.

He testified that she registered for her BCom degree in 1988 and again in 1996, but did not complete her studies. She registered for a diploma in labour relations in 1995, but her results were so bad she could not be readmitted again. She scored 35 percent for a labour relations module and 13 percent for a human resources module.

“Unisa are having a myriad of record problems… It’s on their website,” an emotional Tshabalala said on Friday.

She said she first realised there was a problem when she applied for a job with Mercedes-Benz a few years ago.

“Upon research, they came back and said Unisa declined your qualification,” she said.

She then went to Unisa several times to try and obtain a copy of her academic record but had no luck, she said.

The first charge of misconduct against her relates to her stating on her CV that she had obtained the two qualifications when she applied for the job as SABC chairwoman.

The other charge relates to an affidavit she submitted to Parliament stating that the certificates of her qualifications were stolen during a burglary at her home.

Tshabalala has been given 14 working days to respond to the committee’s report, which contains its findings and recommendations. Both documents will then be sent to National Assembly for approval.

On Thursday, the Democratic Alliance laid a charge of perjury against Tshabalala for lying about the theft of the certificates.

Sapa


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