Tshabalala qualifications inquiry to start next month

The SABC board chair is accused of lying about having a BCom and a postgraduate degree in labour relations.

FILE: SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Parliamentary inquiry into South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chair, Ellen Tshabalala's qualifications is expected to begin in two weeks.

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.

Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee's Gavin Davis says, "The first step would be to give Tshabalala an opportunity to answer to the charges against her."

After Tshabalala speaks, evidence will be presented by Unisa's legal team.

Yesterday, the Democratic Alliancesaid the qualifications debacle surrounding Tshabalala, should be a painful lesson for the African National Congress.