Sibongile Mani: NSFAS Student Who Received R14 Million Instead of R1 400 Back in Court on Tuesday

Sibongile Mani: NSFAS Student Who Received R14 Million Instead of R1 400 Back in Court on Tuesday

  • The former accounting student from Walter Sisulu University who wrongfully spent NSFAS funds that were accidentally sent to her will appear in court on Tuesday
  • Sibongile Mani wrongfully received R14 million when she was only supposed to be given R1 400 by NSFAS
  • Tuesday's court proceedings being held at the East London Regional Court will be an opportunity for the defence to state its case

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EAST LONDON - Sibongile Mani, the former Walter Sisulu University student who was wrongfully paid R14 million by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) in 2017, is set to make a court appearance on Tuesday, 19 October.

She will be appearing in the East London Regional Court and is facing charges of theft for allegedly spending approximately R800 000 of the funds that were sent to her account.

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Sibongile Mani is being accused of theft for spending R800 000 of funds from NSFAS she received accidentally. Images: Lulama Zenzile/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images
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Tuesday's court proceedings will be the beginning of the defence's case as the state concluded its case in July 2021, according to SABC News.

Mani was meant to receive only R1 400 from NSFAS as her monthly allowance by a clerical error found her receiving way more than she was meant to, but instead of reporting the error, Mani went on shopping sprees.

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According to The South African, Mani had spent a reported R11 000 a day in space of three months, spending the money on new cell phones, weaves and expensive alcohol.

Mani was an accounting student at the time of her arrest and is currently out on bail.

Warrant of arrest issued against NSFAS millionaire Sibongile Mani

Briefly News previously reported that 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.

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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 NSFAS 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.

Source: Briefly.co.za

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