Pallo Jordan resigns from parliament

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 12, 2014

Former Minster of Arts and Culture and ANC MP, Pallo Jordan, has resigned from Parliament and the ruling party’s National Executive Council (NEC) after it was discovered that he had lied about his qualifications.

In a report published by the Sunday Times last week, it was revealed that no evidence could be found of Jordan ever obtaining a degree or honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison or the London School of Economics, as claimed on his CV. The article further stated that although Jordan had studied at Wisconsin-Madison, he never graduated and has no formal tertiary academic education of any kind whatsoever.

Regarded as one of the most respected figures within the ANC, Jordan’s resignation from Parliament was confirmed in a statement by parliament chief whip, Stone Sizani, who added that despite the allegations against him, Jordan would continue to be a major asset for the party.

“He is one of the movement's greatest products, a public intellectual par excellence and a consummate historian,” read the statement.

“While academic achievements are important, they can never truly define one's wisdom, intelligence or intellectual depth.”

Speaking in a statement released on Monday evening, ANC secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, said that the party had accepted Jordan’s resignation from Parliament, but that his application for leave as a member of the NEC and ANC would be referred to the structures of the organisation.

“The African National Congress [ANC] has received a detailed explanation from Comrade Pallo Jordan on claims that his qualifications are false,” said Mantashe. “True to his character, he has apologised to the ANC, its membership and South Africa as a whole”.

Mantashe also added that, “A man of comrade Pallo Jordan's intellect does not need to perpetuate deceit; he must be given time to deal with his guilt. As the ANC, we have accepted his public apology; to apologise was not an action of the faint-hearted”.

 

Photo Caption: NOW RESIGNED: Former minister, Pallo Jordan, has left parliament having been found quilty of faking his academic qualifiactions. Photo sourced from thecasualobserver.co.za