Pallo Jordan 'shows humility' by resigning

Johannesburg - Pallo Jordan resigning from Parliament after reports that his qualifications are false was a show of humility, the ANC Youth League said on Monday.

"He remains our comrade. Our teacher and our mentor, regardless of his human defects," the ANCYL said.

"As the ANC Youth League, we have always [taken] his contribution to any and all discussions seriously and we shall continue to do so. For when we engage as comrades we do not engage with the qualifications of the speaker or presenter but with the content presented or advanced."

The ANCYL said it would engage its structures in tertiary institutions to start a process of ensuring that South African universities conferred honorary doctorates on Jordan for his "immense contribution" in the promotion of literary work and the development of democracy.


African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday that Jordan had resigned from Parliament and apologised to the ruling party.

Jordan had also offered to resign from the national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC and from the ANC.

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

"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 his 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.

No tertiary qualifications

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.

Jordan has no degrees or diplomas from the University of Wisconsin-Madison or the London School of Economics (LSE), the two institutions cited on his CV.

He has no formal tertiary academic qualifications whatsoever, the publication reported.

The ANCYL said it appreciated that Jordan explained himself to the ANC leadership and welcomed his resignation from Parliament.

Jordan should however remain a member of the ruling party and serve in the ANC NEC, it said.

"We are of the firm view that he is an integral part of the ANC and he should not be permitted to age outside of what he has been all his life," it said.

King Kingsoul 2014/08/12 07:22:33 AM
still it doesn't justified the fact that he lied.
Athol Smith 2014/08/12 07:25:34 AM
Bloody amazing!! Anywhere else in the world he'd be treated like the pariah he is, but here he is cited as being 'noble' and 'humble'. This is because lying is inherent in the African psyche and being caught out is not a disgrace, but more a matter of bad luck
Johann Nuusman 2014/08/12 07:38:34 AM
He must pay back all the money he recieved .
Drexlar Miutente 2014/08/12 07:39:29 AM
The ANC has no shame at all, while they are giving praise to Jordan, almost the rest of the party is not qualified to run the country. Cadres must take a hint from Jodarn and evacuate the office including The Ninja Turtle at the top!
Mark Wade 2014/08/12 07:39:30 AM
a liar who was caught out .. luckily he has anc membership so after a few weeks he will be re invented and offered another cushy job ...
Andre J Kriel 2014/08/12 07:41:30 AM
in many countries you go to jail for this, in most companies you get fired and charged with fraud, nothing noble and humble from benefiting by lying.
Ashely Ash 2014/08/12 07:43:26 AM
Athol South Africa is not Africa, so don't generalize issues here. I find pple like u having issues. Shame
Andre J Kriel 2014/08/12 07:43:28 AM
so many people with degrees have no jobs in RSA, and yet the liars assuming degrees are heroes, he is not the only one, there are many more protected lying species around, in very senior positions.
Carl Davis 2014/08/12 07:43:43 AM
What he did is wrong. Is it however coincidence that his exposure came after he was publicly critical of Zuma and government? You expose us, we expose you?
Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/12 07:44:09 AM
BUSTED! Humility - my Rse. Let's hope others will do the same and get more of the rabble out of government. There have got to be some honest ones somewhere.