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High court dismisses Ellen Tshabalala's interdict

Tshabalala asked the high court to decide whether the Parliamentary Inquiry into her qualifications was legal.

SABC chairperson Zandile Ellen Tshabalala. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has dismissed an interim interdict granted to South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala, which prevented an inquiry into her academic qualifications fiasco from going ahead.

Tshabalala is accused of misrepresenting her tertiary qualifications.

She was not present at today's sitting.

Tshabalala initially obtained an 11th hour court interdict arguing the process does not constitute a fair disciplinary hearing.

She had asked the high court to decide whether the Parliamentary Inquiry into the matter was legal.

Today's ruling has effectively given Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee the go ahead to continue with the inquiry.

The committee decided to launch the probe after Tshabalala failed to provide proof of her academic qualifications.

A member of the Portfolio Committee says he's grateful the process can now proceed adding the matter must be finalised as soon as possible.

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