DA won't let SABC chair 'off the hook'

Ellen Tshabalala is set to appear before Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications next month.

SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it won't let South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chairperson Ellen Tshabalala off the hook.

Tshabalala is set to appear before Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications next month after it decided to investigate her qualifications.

She claims she has a BCom and a diploma in labour relations from the University of South Africa (Unisa) but has so far not been able to provide the committee with proof.

Reports on Monday, following the African National Congress's National Executive Committee meeting at the weekend, suggested Tshabalala may be pushed to resign from her post ahead of the inquiry.

But the DA's Gavin Davis says that would be wrong as they want the inquiry to come before Parliament.

"We really want this inquiry to happen. We really want her to come to Parliament and explain herself and that's precisely why I'm urging her not to resign so that she comes and gives us the opportunity to interrogate her and she takes her opportunity to prove her innocence."

If Tshabalala is found to have misled the committee, it could recommend to President Jacob Zuma that she be relieved of her post.