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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

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