Johannesburg - With or without academic qualifications, Pallo Jordan remains a source of pride for the ANC, the party's Chief Whip in Parliament Stone Sizani said on Monday.
“He is one of the movement's greatest products, a public intellectual par excellence and a consummate historian,” Sizani said in a statement.
“While academic achievements are important, they can never truly define one's wisdom, intelligence or intellectual depth.”
He said reports that Jordan, an African National Congress MP and stalwart, did not have the academic qualifications he has long been associated with was a “publicity gimmick”.
There was no violation of parliamentary ethics code or misrepresentation, Sizani said.
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.
On Sunday, the newspaper reported that Jordan had not been heard from since its earlier report and was dumped this week as a Business Day columnist because he failed to submit his weekly column for the publication.
Close friends, comrades and neighbours have reportedly also not seen or heard from Jordan. Some said they were worried.
The ANC on Sunday could not immediately shed light on his whereabouts.