Hearing takes hardnosed view of PS

*"Who authorised you to overspend?"
The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Ruth Maphorisa, was hauled over the coals when she appeared before the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday.

Chairman Nehemiah Modubule was particularly tough with Maphorisa: "What is said in this committee,What you say to this committee should be the truth and nothing else." Without any sign of mollycoddling, Modubule said he did not want to be hard on accounting officers.  "The powers vested in me require me to do that, but I don't want to do that," he said. 

Another PAC member, Prince Maele, described the PS' previous presentation last year as 'very interesting' but noted that he could not say the same of the latest.  "I wanted to see you shining, but you were not shining like last year," Maele said. Modubule rounded on the PS once again, saying he could not understand how Maphorisa could overspend on basic salaries the way she had done.

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