The recalcitrant Ellen Zandile Tshabalala - whose erratic and bisarre refusal to step down following the revelations of how she faked qualifications, and heaped scorn and further scandal on the beleaguered SABC and SABC board - finally resigned this morning.
She is gone as SABC chairperson and gone from the SABC board where she pocketed a lot of money, while she never had the qualifications she claimed to have.
Backdoor machinations makes it clear that the disgraceful Ellen Zandile Tshabalala decided - and was perhaps ordered - to resign, in order to save, protect and prevent president Jacob Zuma the humiliation of having to do an all-out public firing of the SABC chairperson who he's friends with.
The search will now begin yet again, anew, to try and find a new SABC chairperson following Ellen Zandile Tshabalala who only served a disastrous year as chairperson atop the beleaguered South African public broadcaster, struggling to find stability.
Ellen Zandile Tshabalala is the next SABC chairperson now gone and out in a long line of controversial and scandal-riddled SABC chairpersons coming and going in succession, and seemingly unable to institute true reform, stability and solid, responsible and transparent governance at the SABC.
In a statement the Democratic Alliance's shadow minister of communications, Gavin Davis, welcoming the decision, says Ellen Tshabalala's resignation is "an elegant solution for president Jacob Zuma who was under pressure to suspend her pending the outcome of the parliamentary process".
"It has been 5 months since the DA requested a parliamentary inquiry into allegations that Ellen Tshabalala lied about her qualifications. It was an unnecessarily protracted saga caused by the various delaying tactics employed by Ellen Tshabalala and her legal team".
"Credit is due to all members of the communications portfolio committee, especially our colleagues from the ANC. They pushed ahead with the parliamentary inquiry, despite the well-known connections that Ellen Tshabalala has in the upper echelons of the party," says Gavin Davis.
More to come as the story develops ...