SABC chair refuses to divulge qualification info

Ellen Tshabalala has refused to say whether she holds a BCom and a diploma in Labour Relations from Unisa.

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

CAPE TOWN - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson Zandile Ellen Tshabalala is refusing to say whether she holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a diploma in Labour Relations from the University of South Africa, but has not been able to produce any proof.

Journalists put the question to her after Tuesday's postponement of a Parliamentary inquiry into whether she misrepresented her academic qualifications.

Tshabalala's advocate, Norman Arendse, told Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications he had only been briefed late on Monday and needs time to prepare Tshabalala's defence.

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Mbuyiseni Ndlozi summed up MPs' feelings about postponing the inquiry.

"I detect that these are just delay tactics."

But 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."

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

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.