SABC chair successfully blocks qualification inquiry

SABC chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala on Thursday obtained an interim interdict in the Western Cape High Court halting an inquiry into whether she lied about her academic qualifications.

The announcement was made during a meeting of Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications, which was due to start the inquiry.

“On the 23rd of October 2014, the judge ruled we may not proceed with the meeting,” committee chairwoman Joyce Moloi-Moropa said.

MPs would have to wait until the judge ruled on the matter, to be heard on November 3.

“On October 22, Ms Tshabalala’s legal representatives served a notice of motion on the following: the Speaker of the National Assembly, the portfolio commitee on communications, the president of the Republic of South Africa and the minister of communications,” Moloi-Moropa said.

The notice of motion asked the court to determine whether the proceedings before the committee were a disciplinary hearing or not.

MPs insisted they were merely conducting an inquiry, but Tshabala said it was taking the form of a disciplinary hearing.

Tshabalala is accused of misrepresenting her academic qualifications when applying to the committee for the SABC job.

She stated on her CV that she had a BComm degree from the University of SA (Unisa). Tshabalala claimed she held a post-graduate degree in labour relations.

Unisa has since stated that, according to its records, she had neither of the qualifications.

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