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ANC to discuss Pallo Jordan's resignation

Gwede Mantashe says the party has accepted the resignation as an MP, but not as an ANC member.

FILE. Pallo Jordan resigned from Parliament after apologising for his fraudulant qualifications. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Senior African National Congress (ANC) members say they will meet this week to discuss Pallo Jordan's resignation as a party member and Member of Parliament (MP).

The ruling party accepted his resignation from Parliament late on Monday.

It's been confirmed that Jordan, who goes by the title 'doctor', did not obtain a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison or the London School of Economics and Political Science, the two institutions cited on his curriculum vitae.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has confirmed Jordan handed in a letter apologising for what he describes as deceiving government and the people of South Africa for many years.

In the letter, Jordan also gives a detailed explanation on claims that his qualifications as a doctor are false.

But those details haven't been disclosed.

The ANC accepted his resignation as MP however Mantashe says Jordan's resignation as a member is a step too far.

"We don't think that resigning as a member shout be the route to take. But resigning from the MECs from Parliament is a reason that we can look into."

Earlier the party's chief whip in Parliament Stone Sizani said, with or without academic qualifications, Jordan remains a source of pride for the ANC.

Meanwhile, Jordan's former colleagues have come to his defence.

His ex-colleague and former MP Ben Turok says, "I don't think Pallo Jordan is going to go away. I think he's going to continue his work. He is the best intellect in the ANC and he's a shining light. He's done something which is very unfortunate. I don't think we should use past tense."