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Communications Minister tarnished SAQA’s reputation – CEO

The qualifications authority was requested to verify the qualifications of certain candidates.

Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) says Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has tarnished its reputation by claiming that it missed the deadline to submit the vetted credentials of prospective candidates for the SABC board.

The qualifications authority was requested to verify the qualifications of certain candidates.

Dlodlo says the authority missed the deadline, but CEO Joe Samuels says this is not true.

Parliament completed its interviews of the public broadcaster candidates last month and submitted the recommended names to President Jacob Zuma to make a final decision, but the board has still not been appointed.

While Dlodlo has put the blame on SAQA, the organisation's CEO says they put extra resources in place to ensure the deadline is met.

“The work was completed before 10 on Thursday. It was a complete surprise to me that there was a suggestion that SAQA had missed the deadline.”

He says they confirmed receipt with the department's senior officials four hours before the deadline lapsed.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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