ANC stalwart resigns!

Gibela is a Consortium that won a bid to roll out stock trains programme on behalf of Prasa (Gvt Parastatal) to a tune of R51bn for the next ten years’.

The construction of the trains will take place in Brazil and Germiston (SA) from February 2015 ending 2035.

Gibela is a joint venture led by Alstom (France based -61%) with local shareholders made up of Ubambano Rail (30%) and New Africa Rail (9).

This follows weekend’s reports that the academic misrepresented his academic qualifications.

A “humiliated” Pallo Jordan has resigned from Parliament and the ANC’s national executive committee to avoid further “deceit”, says the Parliament.

The ANC said his resignation would allow Jordan, 72, time to deal with his “guilt”.

The veteran politician has also apologised to the party and South Africa as a whole after going to ground after newspaper reports about his false qualifications.

Party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday night that the party had received a “detailed explanation” from Jordan on claims that his qualifications were false.

“True to his character, he has apologised to the ANC, its membership and South Africa as a whole. Comrade Pallo Jordan has also offered to resign his membership of Parliament, the national executive committee of the ANC and the ANC.

The ANC national officials have accepted his resignation from Parliament. His membership of the NEC and the ANC have been referred to the structures of the organisation,” said Mantashe.

His statement was slightly different from an earlier ANC statement by chief whip Stone Sizani which supported Jordan, saying his qualifications were irrelevant in his role as an MP.

Mantashe said a man of 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,” said Mantashe.

The dramatic turn of events followed a Sunday Times report that Jordan had gone to ground after it had come to light that he did not have the postgraduate qualifications he had been associated with for decades.

No evidence could be found that Jordan, who goes by the title “Dr”, had received an honorary doctorate.

An email requesting comment was sent to both Pamella Radebe- Communications Director at Gibela and James Duncan from Russell and Associates.

At the time of publishing, no response was solicited.

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