Ellen Zandile Tshabalala is mired in a growing and highly embarrassing spectacle which is not just damaging her reputation but also the image of the already battered South African public broadcaster.
Last week she yet again delayed a public parliamentary inquiry into her qualifications, and now the SABC chairperson has decided to go to court to try and stop the inquiry, according to Sapa.
Ellen Zandile Tshababala's lawyers lodged an urgent interdict with the Western Cape High Court to stop the parliamentary process which seeks to suspend her for her months' long inability to produce any proof of the tertiary qualifications.
Ellen Zandile Tshabalala claimed to have a B.Com degree and a diploma in labour management from Unisa when she applied to parliament to become SABC chairperson at the end of last year.
She was permanently appointed as SABC chairperson in September 2013.
The court will decide today whether or not to grant the urgent interdict. Ellen Zandile Tshabalala is supposed to appear before the parliamentary enquiry again later today.
Parliament's portfolio committee on communications already resolved in September to suspend Ellen Zandile Tshabalala after the recalcitrant SABC chairperson asked, and were given, multiple extensions to produce certificates she claims was "stolen" but which would take less than four hours to verify with the National Qualifications Register.