FROLICK BATS FOR ZUMA
Parliament should not “prescribe” to President Jacob Zuma how to deal with Ellen Tshabalala.
This is how Cedric Frolick, House chairperson for committees, oversight and ICT, explained his decision to overrule the communication portfolio committee’s recommendation that she be suspended pending the outcome of its probe into whether she lied about her qualifications.
“We can’t go so far that we interfere with the competencies of the president,” he said.
The committee recommended that Tshabalala be suspended because of the case against her and fears that she might try to influence the inquiry.
The presidency on Friday confirmed it had been given notice of the inquiry on Tuesday.
Tshabalala must explain the contradiction between the CV she submitted to the committee last year when she applied for a position on the SABC board and the letter City Press obtained from Unisa saying it did not have any record of the BCom degree and diploma in labour relations that she claimed to have obtained.
– Jan Gerber