SABC’s Tshabalala Must Resign Or Be Suspended Without Delay
03 December 2014.
As the latest drama surrounding the SABC
Chairperson Ellen Tshabalala unfolded in Parliament today, the IFP
called on the SABC Board Chairperson to do the right thing and
resign from her position forthwith, failing which, President Zuma
should move to suspend her until the matter can be dealt with by the
National Assembly next year.
The IFP also took note with concern Ms
Tshabalala's decision to apply for leave to appeal a recent High
Court decision that ruled the inquiry into her academic
qualifications could go ahead.
"Ms Tshabalala attempted to block and delay this
parliamentary process unnecessarily and purposefully. She has tried
every trick in the book to stop Parliament from continuing with its
inquiry because, as evidence was led today, it became clear that she
did not obtain the qualifications she boasted about when she was
interviewed for the position. The SABC needs a functioning Board and
credible Chairperson and it is clear that Ms Tshabalala does not
have the leadership skills or integrity required to lead the
struggling public broadcaster. She must spare our nation and the
SABC further embarrassment and resign," said IFP MP Ms Liezl van der
The IFP believes that at the conclusion of the
inquiry, which found Ms Tshabalala guilty for having lied about her
qualifications, and therefore guilty of misconduct, President Zuma
must now act to suspend Tshabalala immediately.
"The spectacle that has unfolded pertaining to Ms Tshabalala's phantom qualifications has not helped the already damaged reputation of the SABC Board and management, and the lack of credible leadership does not inspire any confidence in the SABC. As the IFP has time and time again warned, if the many crises that have beset the SABC are not resolved, there will come a time when citizens of our country will consider a campaign of civil disobedience, similar to the campaign against eTolls, against the SABC and its TV license fee," concluded van der Merwe.
Contact: Ms Liezl van der Merwe MP, on 082 729 2510.