ANC not fazed by Jordan PhD claims

Cape Town – The ANC said the allegation regarding the academic qualifications of Pallo Jordan is nothing but a publicity gimmick.

The party said in a statement on Monday: “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.”

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.

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.

Gerrit Van Heerden 2014-08-11 03:59:03 PM
...and a liar.
Dan Butler 2014-08-11 04:00:38 PM
With or without academic qualifications is not the issue. Distinct lack of honesty regarding these qualifications is the issue. If he lied about this, what else did he lie about? Or is this all?
Dan Butler 2014-08-11 04:01:23 PM
I just placed a comment but it did not take! Why not?
George Spies 2014-08-11 04:02:17 PM
A very clever liar then....
Catherine Nair 2014-08-11 04:05:07 PM
Quote: 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.” so why is this country so FU*&ED Up.....
Akhenaten 2014-08-11 04:07:21 PM
The fact that he lied makes no difference. We are used to do that in the ANC. No. 1 taught us.
non-believer 2014-08-11 04:08:26 PM
a giant... among corrupt crrrooks. I suppose integrity is a biiig word
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-11 04:09:16 PM
Oh indeed, he should be lauded for his unrelenting genius. To have hoodwinked the world for years, only to be found out. A fraud through and through
Tshepo Ke Nna 2014-08-11 04:09:53 PM
News24! Why not say the name of an Individual within the ANC who released that statement.
Gary Hope 2014-08-11 04:11:33 PM
haha, damn, these okes can make their name gat like I have never seen before~ do they not have a communication specialist to assist in the generation of a statement. They are really their own undoing! AND, its not that these people do not have the relevant qualifications, it's more the ease in which they lie about it~ how do you trust any of them once you discover they have lied~