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Ellen Tshabalala still SABC Chairperson

Ellen Tshabalala still SABC Chairperson

The Presidency on Monday said President Jacob Zuma has not received a letter from the National Assembly requesting him to suspend Ellen Tshabalala.

This after media sent enquiries to the Presidency in relation to Tshabalala’s position as the chairperson of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

“According to media reports, the Portfolio Committee on Communications in the National Assembly has recommended that the Chairperson be suspended. The Presidency can only process requests when formal communication is received from the National Assembly,” the Presidency said.

Tshabalala allegedly mentioned on her CV that she obtained qualifications from Unisa, yet the institution said it had no records of those qualifications. 

Meanwhile, DA MP, Gavin Davis, on Monday wrote on the Polity website that he would write to President Zuma seeking answers on why Tshabalala has not yet been suspended despite a portfolio committee unanimously recommending that the President should do so on September 17, pending investigation.

"If it is a delay, we would like to know what is causing the delay. If he has decided to not suspend her, then we would like to know the reasons.

"It is no secret that President Zuma and Ms. Tshabalala have a close relationship. She is a member of his advisory panel on Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment and she controversially campaigned for the ANC in his KwaZulu-Natal stronghold during the 2014 elections," he said.

"The DA sincerely hopes that the President's judgment on this matter has not been clouded by his proximity to Ms. Tshabalala. We call on the President to align himself with his own party and suspend Ms. Tshabalala without delay."


Photo caption: STILL IN CHARGE... South African Broadcasting Corporation Board (SABC) Chairperson, Ellen Tshabalala.