Tshabalala must prove her claim or resign - Cosatu

The SACP and Cosatu say Ellen Tshabalala should produce proof of her qualifications.

The SABC offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.  Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions say South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chair Zandile Ellen Tshabalala should produce proof of her qualifications or immediately step down.

Tshabalala has refused to answer whether or not she has the qualifications she claimed she had in her interview for the position, after the _City Press _newspaper said there was no record of them or where she had studied.

She had claimed to have a Bachelor of Commerce and a diploma in Labour Relations from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Earlier today when Eyewitness News asked Tshabalala whether she did in fact hold the qualifications, she insisted it was up to Unisa to provide the proof.

"That's what I don't want to share with you. I'm must get evidence to prove myself in public."

On Tuesday, Tshabalala's lawyers told Parliament's Communications Committee they needed more time to prepare their case as the committee investigates whether she's lied to Parliament.

The SACP's Alex Mashilo said, "She must stop wasting time and just produce her qualifications and if she lost it she must produce her academic record."

Meanwhile, according to the Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS), Tshabalala's nearly R1 million salary should be raising alarm bells.

Tshabalala earned R936, 000 for chairing 34 board meetings and attending 36 committee meetings at the broadcaster in the last financial year.

SOS member Kate Skinner said last week her salary shows she is too involved in the day to day running of the broadcaster.

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Gavin Davis said Tshabalala has a simple question to answer.

"There is a letter here from Unisa that claims she doesn't have the qualifications that she has."

The hearing has now postponed to a date to be decided by the committee.

Tshabalala faces being sacked or even perjury charges if it's found she's lied.