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Tshabalala's lawyer argues she won't receive fair hearing

Tshabalala's been accused of misrepresenting her qualifications when applying for her job.

Ellen Tshabalala. Picture: SABC.

CAPE TOWN - Legal representation for embattled South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chairperson, Ellen Tshabalala has argued she will not receive a fair hearing if forced to face Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications.

Norman Arendse says his client is entitled to a fair hearing but is fearful this may not happen.

The committee decided to launch the probe after Tshabalala failed to provide proof of the BCom she claims she holds from the University of South Africa.

SABC chief executive officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng is also facing a Parliamentary inquiry following allegations that his qualifications are flawed.

Tshabalala's been accused of misrepresenting her qualifications when applying for her job.

Her legal counsel has relied heavily on whether she will receive a fair hearing.

Arendse has questioned whether Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications has conducted its own investigation into the allegations made against his client.

He says the committee only decided to take action following a string of newspaper reports.

According to Arendse, the assumption has therefore already been made by the committee, meaning his client will not receive a fair hearing.