By Matthew Burbidge

Embattled former SABC news chief Enoch Sithole, who apparently lied about his academic qualifications, is only one of a handful of senior executives who have not supplied the corporation with their certificates.

SABC chief executive Reverend Hawu Mbatha said on Friday he had a list of top management who had not yet produced proof of their qualifications.

Mbatha said it was a "computerised" list, and that "only a few" people of the 3 200 people at the corporation had not handed in their copies of their academic qualifications.

"A few people - do not have copies in their file, and we have asked them to produce proof.

"We are now going back to those colleagues and saying 'you stated the fact that you have the following qualifications - we do not have proof in the file - can you please submit this."

Meanwhile, The Citizen newspaper reports that a defiant Sithole has indicated he will not be attending disciplinary hearings against him.

Mbatha said the SABC's lawyers were "dealing with a response from Sithole's lawyers".

Sithole's meteroic rise at the SABC, from parliamentary liasion officer, then a group manager of corporate communications, to the chief executive of news, has left the corporation red-faced, as no request was made to see his qualifications.

Sithole has apparently admitted he does not have a bachelor's degree from Mozambique's Eduardo Mondlane University, as stated in his CV.

Mbatha said it was "premature, to think we have arranged a disciplinary hearing for him".

"They (Sithole's lawyers) are disputing that we may not withdraw his resignation - but he just can't leave, we have to agree," Mbatha said on Friday.

Sithole refused to comment on Friday morning.