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Further evidence of false claims on Ellen Tshabalala's CV - Gavin Davis

DA MP says that according to the National Qualifications Register SABC chairperson did not complete her BCom degree at UNISA

Tshabalala does not have B Com according to screening agency

30 October 2014

An independent verification process commissioned by the DA provides further evidence that SABC Chairperson Ellen Tshabalala does not have the qualifications she claims on her CV.

The DA enlisted the services of Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE) to check Ms. Tshabalala's qualifications against the National Qualifications Register, a process referred to as "background screening".

MIE describes what "background screening" means on its website as follows:

"In a nutshell, background screening means that the things people say about themselves, or don't say about themselves, are tested to determine their accuracy. For example, a person may lay claim to a Bachelors Degree in Commerce awarded by the London School of Economics. MIE checks whether the degree exists, and whether it was issued to the candidate by the school concerned."

The screening process revealed that, according to the National Qualifications Register:

• Ms. Tshabalala registered for a Bachelor of Commerce at Unisa in 1996

• Her student number was 0658-212-5

• Ms. Tshablala was last registered in 1996

• The qualification was not completed.

It could not be verified whether or not Ms. Tshabala holds a postgraduate diploma in labour relations from Unisa as this qualification is not included on the National Qualifications Register. 

[Click here to read the verification certificate]

The results of the screening process appear to corroborate the letter issued by Unisa in July this year that stated: "According to our records no qualifications were awarded to the mentioned individual."

The DA will present the results of the screening process as new evidence at the parliamentary Inquiry into Ms. Tshabalala's qualifications when it resumes. It is unfortunate that, instead of co-operating with the Inquiry, Ms. Tshabalala has deployed high-powered lawyers to frustrate and delay the process.

The evidence is mounting that Ms. Tshabalala lied to Parliament about her qualifications when she applied for a position on the SABC Board. The DA will continue to pursue this matter through the parliamentary process until a satisfactory conclusion has been reached.

Statement issued by Gavin Davis MP, DA Shadow Minister of Communications, October 30 2014

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