Mantashe: Give Jordan time to deal with his guilt

Johannesburg - ANC stalwart Pallo Jordan has resigned as ANC Member of Parliament and apologised to the ruling party after reports that his qualifications are false, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday.

The Sunday Times reported last week that no evidence could be found that Jordan, who goes by the title "Dr", has ever had an honorary doctorate bestowed on him. He has no formal tertiary academic qualifications whatsoever, the publication said. 

Mantashe said Jordan had also offered to resign from the ANC and its national executive committee. 

"True to his character, he has apologised to the ANC, its membership and South Africa as a whole," Mantashe said in a statement.

"A man of comrade Pallo Jordan's intellect does not need to perpetuate deceit; he must be given time to deal with his guilt. As the ANC, we have accepted his public apology; to apologise was not an action of the faint-hearted."

Mantashe said the African National Congress received a detailed explanation from Jordan on Monday on claims that his qualifications were false.

The ANC national officials had accepted Jordan's resignation from Parliament, but his resignation from membership of the NEC and the ANC have been referred to the structures of the organisation, he said.

Source of pride

Earlier, the party's Chief Whip in Parliament Stone Sizani said that with or without academic qualifications Jordan remains a source of pride for the party.

"He is one of the movement's greatest products, a public intellectual par excellence and a consummate historian," Sizani said in a statement.

"While academic achievements are important, they can never truly define one's wisdom, intelligence or intellectual depth."

He said reports that Jordan did not have the academic qualifications he has long been associated with, was a "publicity gimmick".

There was no violation of parliamentary ethics code or misrepresentation, Sizani said.

Shaun O'Meara 2014-08-11 10:17:07 PM
Does Zuma also need time to reflect on his past? Never mind his future! !!
Dawie Kruger 2014-08-11 10:17:18 PM
They are just what they are.... fools
Luzuko Mtoyi 2014-08-11 10:19:36 PM
Jordan would have been as good as much without having to fake his qualifications. This is a really painful thing for me personally, that a guy who I would have even trusted with my life and even my bank PIN number turns out to be fake. Jordan would have been an intellectual without faking the 'DR' thing...But why, Zweledinga, why????
Peter Mansfield 2014-08-11 10:20:08 PM
"There was no violation of parliamentary ethics code or misrepresentation", Sizani said. Sure, but what about ethics? But that does not seem to worry the modern ANC and its leaders too much.
Malcolm MacLeod 2014-08-11 10:20:17 PM
That "one of the movements greatest products" is a fraud and a liar does not bode well for the movement.
Shades 2014-08-11 10:22:36 PM
Just pathetic and about what we've come to expect more surprises!! What a useless, uneducated, lying piece of humanity .....
Mally Hodgskiss 2014-08-11 10:23:26 PM
All you rats knew this, scoundrels and thieves, liars of the lowest order, and acting all innocent. You will all fall the same embarrassing way, ... Acting innocent
Thobani Tabata 2014-08-11 10:25:45 PM
The shower boy must learn a thing from this former Dr and resign.
Simphiwe Mkhwanazi 2014-08-11 10:29:53 PM
if he worked for a private sector like my employer, he wld b in custody as we speak charged with fraud. they dnt compromise even with a fraudulent std 10 certificate they hand u over to SAPS. if cn advise his comrades in de SABC to do de same, we r stuck with this uneducated CEO nd COO enjoyin ANC protection
Mally Hodgskiss 2014-08-11 10:30:12 PM
He has spent over a decade lying, as a member of parliament, are forbidding? Setting an example? He was caught out and wasn't the president, catch a wake up toss pot