Parliamentary committee 'vindicated' by Tshabalala ruling

The High Court earlier dismissed an interim interdict granted to the SABC board chair to stop the inquiry.

SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala. Picture: SABC.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Communications says it's been vindicated by a court ruling allowing it to investigate whether South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala lied about her academic qualifications.

The Western Cape High Court earlier dismissed an interim interdict granted to Tshabalala to prevent the inquiry from going ahead.

Tshabalala had asked the court to rule on whether a parliamentary inquiry into the matter was legal.

Committee chairperson Joyce Moloi-Moropa says they're glad they can finally proceed with the matter.

"It's a case that took too long. Our intention is to get this out of the way as quickly as possible."

The committee is expected to meet today to discuss the way forward regarding the inquiry.

The committee's Gavin Davis says the dismissal is a victory for common sense.

"It's an indication of the work the committee is doing to get to the bottom of the Tshabalala matter."

He says the judge saw through the "delaying tactics" of Tshabalala's team and the inquiry will go ahead as planned.

Tshabalala is accused of lying about having a BCom degree and a postgraduate degree in labour relations, when she applied for the job.

The University of South Africa has already stated it has no record of Tshabalala obtaining these qualifications.