NSFAS gives more funds to woman accused of R14m theft

NSFAS gives more funds to woman accused of R14m theft

- A student at the Walter Sisulu University was mistakenly given R14 million from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme last year

- The student - Sibongile Mani - spent more than R800 000 of the money and faces theft charges

- This year Mani has been awarded R100 000 by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme

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Sibongile Mani has to face a theft charge after she used more than R800 000 of the R14 million paid into her account by mistake.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme mistakenly paid the amount into the Walter Sisulu University accounting student's account and she went on to spend some of it.

It is believed that Mani spent roughly R818 000 in a matter of 72 days.

Now the young woman is involved in more controversy. There has been a general outcry because Mani has been awarded R100 000 by the NSFAS this year.

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According to a report by TimesLIVE, the student confirmed that she was awarded the money. The money will go towards buying food and books and paying for accommodation.

Mani briefly appeared in the East London Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Vusi Mahlangu - leader of the Pan African Student Movement of Azania - accompanied Mani to court. He told the media the Mani was given the R100 000 because she deserved it - academically.

Yes, she has been allocated more funding because she is an excellent student. She qualified for NSFAS again and got it again. The mere fact that she qualified means that she passed.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the course Mani is studying could cost up to R90 000 a year - not including accommodation, transport, books or food.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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