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Ellen Tshabalala inquiry underway without her

Despite arguments by Tshabalala’s lawyer that the inquiry should once again be postponed, it's now underway.

The Parliamentary inquiry into whether SABC chair Ellen Tshabalala lied about her qualifications is finally underway. Picture: SABC.

CAPE TOWN - The much delayed Parliamentary inquiry into whether South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chairperson Ellen Tshabalala lied about her qualifications is finally underway.

Tshabalala is not present at the hearing.

Earlier, her lawyer Michael Tilney told Members of Parliament (MPs) she had applied for leave to appeal a recent High Court decision that ruled the inquiry could go ahead.

Tilney argued that the inquiry should once again be postponed pending the outcome of Tshabalala's appeal.

This was a step too far for the committee and the inquiry is now going ahead in the SABC chair's absence.

The committee will first hear evidence from the University of South Africa (Unisa) on the qualifications Tshabalala claimed she received from the institution.