IFP Welcomes Tshabalala Resignation

17 December 2014. 

The IFP today welcomed the resignation of SABC Chairperson Ellen Tshabalala saying it will be an opportunity for the beleaguered public broadcaster to rebuild its image and regain some credibility. 

"Earlier this month, after Ms Tshabalala was found guilty of having lied about her qualifications, we called on her to spare our nation and the SABC further embarrassment, and resign. We are pleased that she heeded our call," said IFP spokesperson on Communications, Ms Liezl van der Merwe MP. 

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. 

"The deceit, drama and dismal conduct displayed by Ms Tshabalala has done a lot of damage to the SABC. As the IFP has often 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 licence fee," said van der Merwe. 

Van der Merwe added that the SABC, now more than ever, requires a functioning Board and a credible Chairperson. 

"We now appeal to the ANC in Parliament to ensure that the next Chairperson will be an independent, credible and properly qualified individual. Cadre deployment, which is always the outcome of the sham Parliamentary process to appoint these SABC boards, can no longer be tolerated. We need the best-qualified and appropriately talented South African to lead the embattled broadcaster; not another Zuma loyalist," concluded van der Merwe.


Mr Narend Singh MP, IFP Chief Whip on 083 788 5954


Ms Liezl van der Merwe MP, on 082 729 2510.