Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: The Life and Times of Thandi Modise - North West Premier's Official CV Just Doesn't Check Out

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Kate Wilkinson and Julian Rademeyer — An official curriculum vitae for Thandi Modise, the controversial Premier of South Africa's North West province, contains a number of false claims and glaring factual inaccuracies, AFRICA CHECK has discovered.

North West Premier Thandi Modise's official "profile" claims she is currently studying towards a masters degree in economics, that she attended a "special leadership course" at the "University of Jordan" in the United States and that she has a "certificate of a trainer in military training" and a "certificate in gender studies".

None of the claims are true.

The profile appears on the official South African government website, the website of the government communication service, the North West provincial government, and as a Who's Who Southern Africa entry.

There is evidence that the profile has been circulating unchecked for a number of years.

An early PDF version of the profile, which is archived on the website of South Africa's Institute for Security Studies, refers to Modise as the speaker of the North West provincial legislature, a position she held before being appointed Premier in November 2010. On closer scrutiny, the document's embedded file data reveals it may have been created as early as August...

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