A PowerPoint presentation in South Africa’s Pretoria parliament was interrupted by a Member of Parliament. The Member, ANC MP Salam Abram, had spotted a factual error. And he wanted it to be known.
Not satisfied with simply sitting through the PowerPoint presentation the ANC MP rounded on its presenter.
The presenter? Zacharia Modise, chief deputy commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services. That’s the Prison Service.
The problem? Zacharia included a slide in his presentation stating that his Department’s Minister had approved some tender bid specifications in October 2011. A mistake, probably a typing mistake. But a clear mistake, nonetheless.
South Africa’s MPs aren’t used to being presented with wrong information in the PowerPoint presentation format. And perhaps the presenter, Zacharia Modise, had made the mistake of including just a few too many words in his presentation.
Either way he was roundly lashed for incompetence which was a bit unfair perhaps. But Parliament is Parliament. He should have read and reviewed his PowerPoint slides before this presentation. With all his experience in the Department of Correctional Services, perhaps he could have made some corrections to his slides.
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