Jordan knew lie would ‘blow up in my face’

Cape Town - In a letter to the ANC, party stalwart Pallo Jordan apparently resigned from all party positions just two days before the news broke that he did not have a PhD as stated in his CV.  

According to the Sunday Times, a letter, dated 1 August, was sent to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, informing him that Jordan had decided to resign.

His resignation was backdated to 29 July - the day the newspaper told him they were publishing the story on 3 August.

In the letter he states that he was going through a “stressful time” and that he had committed “two or three” errors relating to his qualifications.

Helping the struggle

He did not go into any details but said that he knew it would “blow up in my face” one day. He also said in the letter that he at one stage thought the perpetuation of the lie that he held a PhD would be of help to the liberation struggle.

Attempts by the newspaper to contact Jordan have proved fruitless. Jordan continued to keep a low profile this week but was believed to be in Cape Town.

The ANC has meanwhile accepted his resignation from parliament but the National Executive Committee (NEC) has yet to make a decision.

The ANC said last week that the allegations regarding the academic qualifications of Pallo Jordan is nothing but a publicity gimmick, News24 reported.

In a statement on Monday it said: “With or without academic qualifications, Comrade Jordan to us remains a source of great pride not only as an intellectual giant but for the immense contribution and sacrifices he has made and continues to make for our nation and its young democracy.”

ANC: Reaffirm unshakeable respect

On 3 August the Sunday Times claimed that Jordan, who has routinely used the title of “Dr”, was a fraud.

The newspaper reported that the acclaimed writer appears to have never even finished university - despite an official government CV of his suggesting he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the London School of Economics. Jordan did, however, study at Wisconsin-Madison but did not graduate.

In response, the ANC said: “We reaffirm our unshakable respect, admiration and confidence in him as one of the movement’s most treasured assets with a unique and unparalleled knowledge and experience on a wide range of social, economic and political matters.”

The party says academic qualifications are not among Constitutional requirements to qualify for membership of Parliament, and therefore, the matter has nothing to do with Parliament.

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Richard Young 2014/08/17 12:44:41 PM
2 or 3 errors ?? I say deliberate
Martin Sharky Sember 2014/08/17 12:49:52 PM
A state official. He lied. We know about these lies, but are there maybe more? And yet, the ANC defends an open liar? This is sad for South Africans, as clearly the ruling party puts a member before justice and integrity. How often does this happen I wonder? That folks, says it all.
Yvonne Pietersen 2014/08/17 12:50:45 PM
Not only is he a criminal but also a cheat. This statement that it would help the liberation struggle is just a lie. Why did he not confide in the ANC in the beginning that this was the reason and he will be telling this lie to all.
Rocky Bell 2014/08/17 12:52:11 PM
Comment from another Blog which says it all: "What a bunch of losers supporting their loser buddies. They are all the same. Nothing but a bunch of pathetic liars and cheats. Shamed Pallo Jordan to deal with his guilt “Doctor” Pallo Jordan has no formal qualifications...Nothing but a misfit dropout and scamster who calls himself "an intellectual giant". Hahaha. Pallo Jordan has no qualifications …But the ANC backs him and sings his praises. Pallo a source of pride for ANC “He is one of the movement's greatest products, a public intellectual par excellence and a consummate historian,” Stony Sizani the party's Chief Whip in Parliament said in a statement. Hey? What kind of an example is this supposed to set for the youth? Encouraging more lying and cheating? In Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape there is actually a school named after this idiot “Dr. Pallo Jordan Primary School”. Go figure."
Chris Bester 2014/08/17 12:53:50 PM
It's "lekker" in the ANC!!
Shireen Eva 2014/08/17 12:54:45 PM
The anc's moral index is way below even the bottom feeders!
Themba Wa Ka Mfundzi 2014/08/17 12:58:26 PM
who s next?
Preven Naidoo 2014/08/17 12:59:33 PM
The ANC have no idea what it really takes to EARN a real doctorate!
Venicia Williams 2014/08/17 01:01:25 PM
Now that he has admitted guilt, he should pay back all the monies he received with a qualification salary...and the rest of the conniving ANC bunch, should follow suit! Too many poor South Africans!
Craig Drysdale 2014/08/17 01:03:25 PM
hahahaha. Apartheid blamed again.