Calls for SABC's Tshabalala to ‘pay back the money’

A civil society group is calling Tshabalala to repay the R936k she earned in the last financial year.

FILE: Ellen Tshabalala. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A civil society movement is calling on disgraced former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson, Ellen Tshabalala, to pay back the nearly R1 million she earned for attending meetings.

Tshabalala resigned as head of the board this week, after facing suspension and eventual dismissal over a qualifications debacle.

A Parliamentary inquiry found she misrepresented her tertiary qualifications and lied under oath when she claimed proof of her academic achievements was stolen during a burglary.

The SOS Coalition says Parliament should make Tshabalala pay back what she earned while chairing the board.

Coalition spokesperson Sekoetlane Phamodi says, "Tshabalala more than just simply resigning must pay back the sitting fees that she's accrued until this stage as a result of her misrepresenting herself."

Phamodi says, "Tshabalala has betrayed the nation and betrayed Parliament and the SABC by lying in order to make it onto the board."

Tshabalala was paid R936,000 during the last financial year for chairing 34 board meetings and attending 36 board committee meetings.

That's almost double what her predecessor, Ben Ngubane, earned over the same 12-month period, the previous year.

Critics say this shows Tshabalala was too involved in the day-to-day running of the public broadcaster.

Tshabalala had 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.