Tshabalala inquiry committee 'followed all the right channels'

Joyce Moloi-Moropa says her committee followed due process before informing Tshabalala about its inquiry.

SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala. Picture: SABC

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications maintains it's followed all the right channels regarding South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chairperson Ellen Tshabalala's qualifications inquiry.

Tshabalala has successfully obtained an interim court halting the committee's action.

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.

Committee chairperson Joyce Moloi-Moropa has expressed concern about the latest developments in the Tshabalala saga.

She says her committee followed due process before informing Tshabalala about its inquiry.

"We didn't evisage it could be this long, we took it as a simple straight forward matter. We never thought it would go up to the level of court but it has."

Tshabalala's lawyer Norman Arendse has argued his client will not enjoy a fair hearing before the committee.

He questioned whether Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications conducted its own investigation into the allegations made against his client, adding that the committee only decided to take action following a string of newspaper reports.