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Unisa 'refused' to readmit Tshabalala due to poor performance

A parliamentary committee has recommended that the SABC board chair be removed from her post.

SABC board chair Ellen Tshabalala. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of South Africa (Unisa) has confirmed it refused to readmit South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chair Zandile Ellen Tshabalala

for a second attempt at a post graduate diploma in labour relations due to her poor academic performance.

Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee today recommended that Tshabalala be removed from her post after finding her guilty of misrepresenting her qualifications and lying about them under oath.

The committee has now decided that she must be removed from her post.

Unisa's Jan Van Wyk told Members of Parliament that the SABC chair registered for both a Bcomm and a labour relations diploma but was awarded neither.

"She was given a second opportunity to write it but she failed both."

He says Unisa's files show that Tshabalala had six modules to complete for her labour relations diploma.

She passed two, failed two and did not write two others, but was allowed to write them again the following January.

The committee also wants the SABC chair to be suspended from her post and that request will go to National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete this week.

But she can only be removed by President Jacob Zuma once the National Assembly has approved the committee's decision.

This can only be done next year.

The inquiry into whether or not Tshabalala lied about her qualifications finally went ahead today after repeated delays.

A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf in her absence.

Unisa has also revealed that Tshabalala only managed to obtain 13 percent for her human resources module and 35 percent for labour relations.

Tshabalala will have 14 working days to respond to the committee's findings.

Earlier, her lawyer Michael Tilney told Members of Parliament 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.