Zuma to consider suspending SABC board chairperson

JOHANNESBURG –  SPEAKER of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete has asked President Jacob Zuma to suspend  Chairperson of the Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Ellen Tshabalala, over her alleged misrepresentation of qualifications.

“President Zuma has received a letter from the Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Baleka Mbete asking him to consider suspending the  following the outcome of an inquiry by the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications into her alleged misrepresentation of qualifications,” says a statement from presidential spokesman Marc Maharaj.

“President Zuma is considering the request,” adds Maharaj without elaborating.

The embattled  who accuses  some people of having a agenda against her, is says people have “an agenda” against her – though she’s not sure what it is, nor who is out to get her.

Tshabalala was found guilty by a parliamentary inquiry of lying about qualifications she said she had obtained from the University of South Africa.

The inquiry followed a City Press exposé in July which, through an application under the Promotion of Access to Information Act, found that Tshabalala did not have the qualifications from Unisa she claimed on her CV.

President Jacob Zuma must now deal with the committee’s recommendation to sack her as chair of the SABC board. She is also under investigation by Transnet, whose board she sits on.

According to UNISA though Tshabalala  registered for a  BCom degree in both 1988 and 1996, she failed to get the  the qualification.

Tshabalala told  parliament in her application to the SABC board that her academic records had been stolen in a burglary at her home on July 23 last year and also also says her s records were altered on Unisa’s system, accusing the media of not giving a right of reply before publishing.