Jordan mum on qualification questions

Jordan's made a Faustian pact with the fact that he doesn't have university qualifications.

FILE. Pallo Jordan. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - While there's still no response from Pallo Jordan about claims he faked his qualifications, some intellectuals are coming out in support of him, saying he's made an immense contribution to South Africa.

The Sunday Times newspaper says Jordan has admitted to making a Faustian pact with the fact that he doesn't have any university qualifications while still referring to himself as a doctor.

The Centre for the Study of Democracy's professor Steven Friedman says Jordan has played a huge role in South Africa.

"He's an outstanding intellectual. He has a passion for ideas, he's read widely, he is highly intelligent and he is very perceptive."

While the University of South Africa (Unisa)'s professor Somadoda Fikeni says it's interesting that this information has come to light now.

"The political infighting lends itself in a situation where people volunteer the information in order to tackle their opponents."

Earlier this year, Jordan said the African National Congress (ANC) should display moral courage over the Nkandla scandal.