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SABC board chairperson faces suspension

Recommendations to have Ellen Tshabalala suspended await approval today.

FILE. Recommendations to have Tshabalala suspended pending her qualifications inquiry await approval today.  Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The National Assembly is set to today approve a recommendation that South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala be suspended, pending an inquiry into her qualifications.

It will be up to President Jacob Zuma to suspend Tshabalala if the recommendation is adopted.

It comes from Parliament's oversight committee on communications, which has decided to probe whether Tshabalala's claims about her qualifications are true and is set to grill her next week.

The SABC board chairperson says she has a BCom and a Diploma in Labour Relations from the University of South Africa (Unisa), but she hasn't been able to provide the communications committee with proof.

She is due to appear before the committee next week to answer questions.

Members of Parliament on the committee agreed on Tuesday that Tshabalala should be investigated and that she should be suspended until the inquiry is over.

At issue is whether or not Tshabalala misled Parliament, which is a serious offence.