Tshabalala: I am not guilty

Tshabalala said there’s no need for her to step down from her position as SABC board chair.

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

JOHANNESBURG - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala says she will not step down from her position because she is not guilty of misrepresenting her qualifications.

Earlier this week, Parliament's Communications Portfolio committee found Tshabalala did not have the BComm degree and post graduate diploma in labour relations from the University of South Africa (Unisa) she claimed to have and that she lied when she made a sworn statement saying her certificates were stolen when her home was burgled.

The committee has called 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.

But Tshabalala denies she has misled anyone, saying there's an agenda against her.

She said there's no need for her to step down from her position as SABC board chair because she's not guilty.

Tshabalala said claims that she only scored 13 percent in one module are simply not true because the results made public this week are not hers.

She said Unisa itself has said it has had problems accessing records in general

Tshablala said she tried to access her academic record in the past when applying for another job and realised some mistake had been made at Unisa.

She said it's only a matter of time before she proves her innocence.

"I'm anticipating that the court will rule in my favour because I will have proof."

Her legal team will only respond to the committee's findings once they review the process that has taken place.

Evidence by Unisa's Jan van Wyk was that Tshabalala received neither the BComm nor a post graduate Diploma in Labour Relations she claimed to have.

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

He said 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 readmit her for a second shot at the diploma, where she scored 13 percent in one module and 35 percent in another.

Meanwhile, the DA yesterday laid a charge of perjury against Tshabalala..