SABC chair’s qualifications inquiry halted

Joyce Moloi-Moropa says the inquiry can't proceed until the court rules whether it is a disciplinary hearing.

The SABC's offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala won't be appearing before a Parliamentary inquiry into whether or not she's lied about her academic qualifications.

Chairperson Joyce Moloi-Moropa told the committee the inquiry cannot go ahead until the Western Cape High Court rules on whether or not it is in fact a disciplinary hearing.

She said Tshabalala gave notice on Wednesday that she would be approaching the court for a decision on the matter and that she also wanted the inquiry delayed until a ruling was made.

"The judge ruled that we may not proceed with the meeting until the court has decided whether the inquiry has provided for in Section 15A of the Broadcasting Act if it is a disciplinary hearing."

Moloi-Moropa said the court will hear the matter on 3 November.

While Tshabalala's CV states she has a BCom degree from the University of South Africa, as well as a post-graduate degree in labour relations, the university says its records show she has neither qualification.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications last month proposed Tshabalala be suspended pending the outcome of the probe.