Perjury charge laid against Tshabalala

The move by the DA follows a Parliamentary inquiry finding that Tshabalala misrepresented her qualifications.

FILE: Ellen Tshabalala. Picture: SABC.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has laid a charge of perjury against South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chair Zandile Ellen Tshabalala.

The move follows a Parliamentary inquiry finding yesterday that Tshabalala did not have the degree and diploma she claimed to have and that she lied when she made a sworn statement saying her certificates were stolen when her home was burgled.

DA Member of Parliament (MP) Gavin Davis says, "This morning I laid a charge at the Cape Town Police Station against Tshabalala for perjury. We believe that she lied in a sworn affidavit which is a crime of perjury."

Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee says Tshabalala must be removed from her post, a decision that first has to be ratified by the National Assembly.

The committee is calling for Tshabalala to be suspended until that happens, early next year.

That request will go to National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete this week.

Mbete has said she already spoke to Tshabalala but she is awaiting a more formal engagement.

On Wednesday, the University of South Africa (Unisa) confirmed it refused to readmit Tshabalala for a second attempt at a post graduate diploma in labour relations due to her poor academic performance.

Unisa's Jan van Wyk told MPs 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 said 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.