Zuma to decide on Ellen Tshabalala's suspension

Tshabalala was found guilty of misrepresenting her qualifications and lying about them under oath.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - It will be up to President Jacob Zuma to decide whether or not to suspend South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson, Ellen Tshabalala, who is been found guilty of misrepresenting her qualifications and lying about them under oath.

Parliament's Communications Portfolio committee finally concluded its inquiry into Tshabalala after rejecting a further request for a postponement from her lawyer on Wednesday.

Tshabalala did not attend the inquiry, where Members of Parliament (MPs) unanimously agreed she should be removed from office.

As her removal must be ratified by the National Assembly, which only sits again next year, the committee wants Tshabalala suspended in the meantime, a decision that's up to Zuma.

Evidence by the University of South Africa (Unisa)'s Jan Van Wyk was that Tshabalala received neither the B.Com nor a post graduate Diploma in Labour Relations she claimed to have.

"From Unisa's records, there is no qualifications, irrespective of whatever was said about this person."

He says Unisa's files showed that Tshabalala had six modules to complete for her Diploma in Labour Relations.

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

Tshabalala's academic performance was so poor, Unisa refused to re-admit her for a second shot at the diploma, where she scored 13 percent in one module and 35 percent in another

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

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

Earlier, her lawyer Michael Tilney told 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.