DA commends Pallo Jordan on resigning from Parliament

John Steenhuisen says while dishonesty cannot be condoned his party acknowledges the contribution ANC MP has made to political discourse in SA

DA commends Pallo Jordan on resigning from Parliament   

8 August 2014 

The DA commends Pallo Jordan on his decision to resign from Parliament. Given the current controversy surrounding Jordan, his resignation is in the best interests of Parliament, his party and himself. 

This must have been a difficult decision. We respect his choice to take responsibility for his actions. There are many other individuals in Parliament who have disgraced themselves much more seriously, who have chosen to avoid accountability at all costs.

Although we cannot condone Jordan's dishonesty with regards to his academic qualifications, we acknowledge the contribution he has made to political discourse in South Africa. Indeed, one does not require a doctorate to be able to formulate and debate ideas. 

We have often disagreed and debated vigorously with  Jordan, but we have always done so constructively. In so doing, he has earned the DA's respect as a public intellectual. 

However disappointing the revelations about his academic qualifications may be, we wish Jordan the best in whatever he endeavours to do next. 

Statement issued by John Steenhuisen MP, Democratic Alliance Chief Whip, August 12 2014

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