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Court to rule on probe into SABC chair

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The Western Cape High Court is on Monday expected to rule on Parliament’s communications committee’s inquiry into SABC chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala’s academic qualifications.

Tshabalala obtained the interim interdict on October 23, halting the inquiry into whether she lied about her academic qualifications.

The announcement was made during a meeting of Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications, which was due to start the inquiry.

“On October 22, Ms Tshabalala’s legal representatives served a notice of motion on the following: the Speaker of the National Assembly, the portfolio committee on communications, the president of the Republic of South Africa and the minister of communications,” committee chairwoman Joyce Moloi-Moropa said at the time.

The notice of motion asked the court to determine whether the proceedings before the committee were a disciplinary hearing or not.

MPs insisted they were merely conducting an inquiry, but Tshabalala said it was taking the form of a disciplinary hearing.

Tshabalala is accused of misrepresenting her academic qualifications when applying for the SABC job.

She stated on her CV that she had a BComm degree from the University of SA (Unisa) and a post-graduate degree in labour relations.

Unisa has since stated that, according to its records, she had neither of these qualifications. SAPA


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