SABC chair resigns

The Presidency on Wednesday (17 December) announced the resignation of SABC chair, Ellen Tshabalala.

Parliament’s communications portfolio committee recently resolved unanimously 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.

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

However, the university has no record of her completing either one.

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

“President Jacob Zuma has received and accepted the resignation of Ms Ellen Tshabalala as a board member and chairperson of the Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, with immediate effect.

“The President thanks Ms Tshabalala for her contribution to the public broadcaster and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours,” the Presidency said in a statement.

It noted that according to Section 13(6) of the Broadcasting Act, 1999, the deputy chairperson of the SABC board automatically acts as chairperson until the President designates another chairperson.

The deputy chairperson is Professor Mbulaheni Obert Maguvhe.

Earlier this month, Tshabalala refused to step down, saying she has done nothing wrong.

“I’m not prepared to step down because I am not guilty of anything,” she said.

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