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Qualifications inquiry underway for SABC chairperson

An inquiry is underway into whether SABC board chair, Ellen Tshabalala, lied about her credentials.

FILE. An inquiry is underway into whether SACB board chair Ellen Tshabalala lied about her credentials. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A preliminary Parliamentary inquiry is underway into a potential debacle surrounding the qualifications of another South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) official.

The chairperson of the communications portfolio committee, Joyce Moloi-Moropa, has confirmed they are looking into allegations SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala lied about her credentials.

Moloi-Moropa says, "The matter for the SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala is before me."

The Democratic Alliance (DA) asked the committee in July to determine if she in fact does have a BComm and diploma in Labour Relations.

Following the inquiry, it will then be decided if a full investigation should be launched.

The DA's Gavin Davis says Tshabalala was initially expected to respond to the allegations earlier this month.

"It was initially postponed to 12 August but it's been extended to 26 August."

Parliament hopes to conclude the preliminary probe by the end of this month.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Western Cape High Court heard that the SABC knew from the onset that its Chief Operations Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, did not have a matric certificate.

Motsoeneng, who was permanently appointed to the position of COO last month, is fighting a bid by the DA to have his appointment set aside.

The DA has motivated that it wants Motsoeneng removed pending a full disciplinary investigation into his appointment

The party's James Selfe says Communications Minister Faith Muthambi ignored proper procedure when she appointed Motsoeneng permanently to the position of SABC COO.