The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is shocked by the latest revelation of a scandal involving a high-ranking individual at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). The report in the City Press newspaper of the 13th July 2014 alleging that the board chairperson of the SABC Ms Zandile Tshabalala fabricated her CV by lying to parliament’s portfolio committee on communications that she holds a degree and a senior diploma from UNISA, which the latter has reportedly refuted, is quite alarming to say the least.
CWU is acutely mindful of the provision in the Broadcasting Act, No.4 of 1999 that “…members of the Board must, when viewed collectively- (a) be persons who are suited to serve on the Board by virtue of their qualifications, expertise and experience in the fields of broadcasting policy and technology,…”. However, a deliberate fabrication of a qualification is in our view a gross misrepresentation of facts by somebody who aspired to serve at a higher level and would imply she has misled parliament. If found to be true, this misrepresentation will without doubt further tarnish the image and reputation of the public broadcaster which is of late in the habit of being in the news for the wrong reasons and will worsen the existing poor public image of the SABC coming not so long after the PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ skills audit which found that 60% of SABC executives did not meet the minimum requirements for strategic thinking and leadership in their work.
Issued by CWU
Thabo Mogalane, Acting General Secretary, 082 710 5666 Matankana Mothapo, Media Officer, 082 759 0900