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High profile cases of fake qualification in 2014

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A collection of all the High profile fake qualification stories in 2014

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Falsification of qualifications massive in SA: Expert:Thursday 13 November 2014. The expert says companies can charge employees that falsify academic qualifications in order to obtain employment.

Falsification of qualifications massive in SA: Expert:Thursday 13 November 2014

(FreeImages) Employment expert, Jenny Reid, say falsification of qualifications is ‘massive’ in South Africa. This comes after SABC chairperson, Ellen Tshabalala has been accused of lying about her academic qualifications when applying for the job of SABC chairwoman. Tshabalala stated on her CV that she had a BCom degree from the University of SA (Unisa) and a post-graduate degree in labour relations. Reid, who is CEO of iFActs, a company that verifies employee’s qualifications say this trend by high profile people encourages individuals to falsify qualifications. “Unfortunately these high profile cases where they don’t deal with it swiftly almost encourages the falsifying of qualifications.”

Reid says companies should verify employee’s qualifications before the letter of employment is signed. “It doesn’t take long; it doesn’t slow down the recruitment process. Tshabalala resigns as SABC chairperson:Wednesday 17 December 2014. National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete asked President Jacob Zuma to suspend Ellen Tshabalala.

Tshabalala resigns as SABC chairperson:Wednesday 17 December 2014

(SABC) Ellen Tshabalala has resigned as SABC chairperson. That’s according to Presidential spokesperson, Mac Maharaj. Maharaj says President Jacob Zuma has received and accepted the resignation of Tshabalala as a board member and chairperson of the Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) with immediate effect. He says the President has thanked Tshabalala for her contribution to the public broadcaster and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours. Tshabalala was found guilty of stating on her CV to the SABC that she had attained a Bcom degree and a Labour relations diploma and for stating in an affidavit to parliament that her certificates were stolen during a burglary.

According to Section 13(6) of the Broadcasting Act, 1999, the deputy chairperson of the SABC board automatically acts as chairperson until the President designates another chairperson. Parliament Committee welcomes Tshabalalas resignation:Wednesday 17 December 2014. Tshabalala says she could no longer take the pressure.

Parliament Committee welcomes Tshabalalas resignation:Wednesday 17 December 2014

(SABC) Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee has welcomed Ellen Tshabalala's resignation as chairperson of the SABC board. Earlier this month, the committee recommended that she be fired. This after an inquiry found that Tshabalala had lied under oath about her qualifications. The committee's chairperson Joyce Moloi-Moropa says they are relieved that the matter has been finalised. Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has applauded President Jacob Zuma for accepting Tshabalala's resignation. Researcher Carol Mohlala says Tshabalala needs to pay for failing to present her qualifications. Pallo Jordan quits politics:Tuesday 12 August 2014. Pallo Jordan remains an intellectual giant:Wednesday 13 August 2014. ANC MP Pallo Jordan resigned from Parliament after reports relating to his qualifications.

Pallo Jordan remains an intellectual giant:Wednesday 13 August 2014

(SABC) African National Congress Member of Parliament and co-chairperson of Parliament's ethics and members' interests committee Professor Ben Turok says that Pallo Jordan remains an intellectual giant despite reports that he does not have a doctoral degree. Jordaan should not be crucified for his human failing as all people have them. Speaking in a discussion on SA FM’s Forum@8 on the relationship between politics and ethics he adds that Jordan should continue with the good job he has been doing in the African National Congress. Turok says sometimes people feel the need to conform to standards put by society and that Jordaan should not be crucified for his human failing as all people have them.

SAA CEO breaks silence over qualifications :Wednesday 26 November 2014. Nico Bezuidenhout says his experience and proven delivery are good substitutes for academic qualifications.

SAA CEO breaks silence over qualifications :Wednesday 26 November 2014

(SABC) South African Airways (SAA) acting CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout, has broken his silence following media reports accusing him of lying about his academic qualifications. Bezuidenhout's told the SABC News that his staff and colleagues at the airline have always known that he does not have a degree. Earlier this week, SAA admitted that it's 2011 and 2012 annual reports were incorrect to state that Bezuidenhout had a BCom in transport economics and industrial psychology as well as an MBA.

He says his experience and proven delivery are good substitutes for academic qualifications. SAA sticks by Bezuidenhout:Tuesday 25 November 2014. Embattled SAA CEO Nico Bezuidenhout has refuted claims about his qualifications.

SAA sticks by Bezuidenhout:Tuesday 25 November 2014

(SABC) The South African Airways (SAA) board says it stands by its appointment of Nico Bezuidenhout as acting chief executive officer. A weekend newspaper reported that Bezuidenhout was the latest in a series of high-profile executives and politicians, who had been exposed for overstating their qualifications. The airline has admitted that its 2011 and 2012 annual reports were wrong to state that Bezuidenhout had a BCom in Transport Economics and Industrial Psychology as well as an MBA.

The airline says Bezuidenhout was head-hunted on behalf of SAA to head E-Commerce operations in 2001. Over the weekend, the Democratic Alliance (DA) called on SAA to suspend Bezuidenhout pending the outcome of an inquiry into his qualifications conduct. Hlaudi Motsoeneng appointed SABC COO:Wednesday 9 July 2014. SABC Chief Operations Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng appointed SABC COO:Wednesday 9 July 2014

(SABC) Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been officially appointed the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) Chief Operations Officer (COO). Communications Minister Fath Muthambi made the announcement on Tuesday night in Pretoria. Muthambi says she received the SABC Board's recommendations concerning the appointment of Motsoeneng. She says given the achievements of Motsoeneng while acting in that position, her ministry is convinced that the public broadcaster will work towards realising its mandate. "After careful considerations and in the exercise of my discretion in terms of the Broadcasting Act read in conjunction with the Shareholder's Compact and the Articles of Association, I have duly accepted the recommendations of the board and accordingly confirmed the appointment of Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng as the Chief Operations Officer," the Minister says.

The Ministry wishes to congratulate Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng on his appointment and wish him well. Court to hear DA’s plea on SABC COO :Tuesday 19 August 2014. Judgment in DA/Motsoeneng saga reserved:Thursday 18 December 2014. SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng's lawyers argued that placing him on suspension would be prejudicial to his dignity.

Judgment in DA/Motsoeneng saga reserved:Thursday 18 December 2014

(SABC) Judgment has been reserved in the DA's urgent application for SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, to be suspended pending the outcome of his application to appeal against a high court ruling that he be disciplined. The DA brought the application, arguing that Motsoeneng's continued presence at the SABC is harmful to its operations. Motsoeneng's lawyers argued, however, that placing him on suspension would be prejudicial to his dignity. Lawyer Zola Majavu says he is hopeful of a positive outcome. Meanwhile, DA Spokesperson on Communications, Gavin Davis, has now challenged outgoing SABC board chairperson, Ellen Tshabalala, to resign as a member of the Moral Regeneration Movement board or risk being forced out.