Parliament demands answers from SABC chair

Ellen Tshabalala has been asked to formally respond to allegations that she faked her qualifications.

SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala has been asked to formally respond to allegations she lied about her academic qualifications by 26 August. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala has until 26 August to respond to allegations that she lied about her academic qualifications.

The matter is being investigated by the Portfolio Committee On Communications in Parliament.

Committee chairperson Joyce Moloi-Moropa yesterday confirmed they are looking into allegations that Tshabalala lied about her credentials.

Committee member Gavin Davis last month asked the grouping to probe the matter.

"Tshabalala claims to have a bachelor of commerce from the University of South Africa and a diploma in labour relations but her qualifications are under dispute."

The broadcaster's chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng was permanently appointed last month by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, despite a damning report released by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela confirming he doesn't have a matric certificate.

Her investigation also showed that Motsoeneng received three appraisals which increased his salary from R1.5 million to R2.4 million a year.