SABC's Ellen Tshabalala resigns

President Jacob Zuma has accepted the SABC board chair's resignation.

FILE: SABC board chair Ellen Tshabalala. Picture: SABC.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has accepted South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chair Ellen Tshabalala's resignation.

She had been accused of lying about her qualifications.

Earlier this month, 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 called for Tshabalala to be suspended until that happens early next year.

At the weekend, the presidency confirmed that Zuma received a letter from National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete asking him to consider suspending Tshabalala.

Unisa says Tshabalala did register with the institution but failed dismally and did not qualify to reregister for one of the courses.

She however insisted Unisa's computer records are unreliable.

Tshabalala had also indicated that she would not step down as the SABC's board chairperson saying she is not guilty of anything.

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.