'Tshabalala debacle should be painful lesson for ANC'

The DA also says it won't support the employment of ANC loyalists in key positions at the SABC.

SABC board chair Ellen Tshabalala. Picture: SABC.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the qualifications debacle surrounding South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chair, Ellen Tshabalala, should be a painful lesson for the African National Congress (ANC).

In a plenary session of the National Assembly this morning, Members of Parliament (MPs) debated a Parliamentary inquiry set up to investigate this matter and other issues affecting the public broadcaster.

The DA also says it won't support the employment of ANC loyalists in key positions at the SABC.

The party's Veronica van Dyk says they are pleased with the ANC's latest action.

"We welcome the fact that the ANC has joined the DA in its efforts to hold Tshabalala accountable for the discrepancies on her CV but let us not forget it was Luthuli House that deployed her to the SABC in the first place."

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.

The Western Cape High Court last week 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.