- A warrant of arrest has been issued for theft-accused Sibongile Mani after she failed to appear in court without explanation
- The National Prosecuting Authority said on Monday that a warning had been issued to Mani to appear in court on 25 August or she will be arrested
- The people of SA cannot believe such lenience is being taken with Mani as the case has been unresolved for years
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Sibongile Mani failed to appear in court and now a warrant for her arrest has been issued. The accused thief was meant to appear in court last Friday, 14 August and failed to do so without explanation.
Mani was arrested in May 2018 by the Serious Commercial Crime Unit of the Hawks as a result of her involvement in the unlawful distribution of NISFAS funds.
Briefly.co.za learnt that The National Prosecuting Authority gave a statement today, Monday, 17 August, stating that a warning had been issued giving Mani a chance to appear in court on 25 August and if she failed to do so she will be arrested.
NPA spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani cleared up the misunderstanding regarding the warrant of arrest, stating that it had been withheld until the 25th. Mani has been given a second chance to make her court appearance.
“Both Mani and her defence failed to appear in court, therefore a warrant for arrest was issued for Mani, which has been held over to 25 August when she is expected to appear in court.
“She has been instructed to appear in court on 25 August. The warrant of arrest has been delayed until 25 August as she has been instructed to appear in court on that day. She will not be arrested between now and 25 August as she has been instructed to appear in court on that date.”
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The people of Mzansi cannot believe it has taken this long to deal with the matter and that Mani has still been given another chance. Justice needs to be served.
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Briefly.co.za previously reported that Sibongile Mani had to face a theft charge after she used more than R800 000 of the R14 million mistakenly paid into her account.
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 had been awarded R100 000 by the NSFAS in 2018.
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