Pallo Jordan got doctorate from publication - report

Johannesburg - Pallo Jordan smilingly attributed his doctorate to the publication Africa Confidential according to a conversation from nearly 30 years ago, Beeld reported on Thursday.

In 1986 retired professor and writer Gail Gerhart and his colleague Thomas Karis had lunch with Jordan in Lusaka, Zambia, and asked him where he obtained his doctorate.

"I remember his exact words: 'My doctorate was bestowed on me by Africa Confidential', he said with a big grin. We all laughed about it and the subject changed," said Gerhart.

Africa Confidential is a British publication which has reported on political and economic matters since 1960.

Jordan resigned as an African National Congress MP on Monday and tendered his resignation from the governing party's national executive committee, as well as his membership from the party itself after a Sunday Times report that he did not have a doctorate nor other qualifications associated with him.

Professor Stephen Ellis, editor of Africa Confidential from 1986 to 1991, could not remember writing about Jordan not having a degree, but he had been aware of it for a long time.

He assumed the publication incorrectly attributed the doctorate at a time before he was editor and that Jordan had "liked it" and started using it.

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Made-In SA 2014-08-14 11:30:10 AM
He assumed the publication incorrectly attributed the doctorate at a time before he was editor and that Jordan had "liked it" and started using it.Nuff said.
Allan Keyzer 2014-08-14 11:32:06 AM
At least he has done the honorable thing and resigned. Would be great if all our other politicians would do the same when they found wanting
Made-In SA 2014-08-14 11:37:09 AM
Cloudy bestowed his matric certificate on himself.
Lor Dantebellum 2014-08-14 11:40:10 AM
Or before they get found wanting. It would be nice if we can all get Degrees just by reading a publication.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-14 11:43:09 AM
yo! Now I have heard it all.
Deeteem 2014-08-14 11:47:41 AM
I hope all those "friends" who supported the ANC when they were banned, are very proud of what has happened to the now extremely corrupt, overpaid and useless idiots !
Pietse Genade 2014-08-14 11:56:03 AM
He should lose all benefits he had as paliamentarian too, that includes pension benefits or whatever they have. That's what happens to fraudsters who work for companies..
Dino Goodman 2014-08-14 12:00:13 PM
Malicious attack! Leave my favorite ex-MP alone! He's genuis, inspite of your bad painting.
Bento Maepa 2014-08-14 12:00:40 PM
I can see all other ANC cadres with bogus degrees having sleepless nights - wondering when it will be their turn to be stripped naked before the whole nation. It is all shivers within the ANC.
Nick Horne 2014-08-14 12:11:57 PM
Another moron