Student in court over R14,1m NSFAS grant

JOHANNESBURG – The Walter Sisulu University student who gained worldwide headlines and attention when it was revealed she received an enormous amount of  R14,1 million from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) last year, on Tuesday she appeared at the East London Magistrate court.

She appeared on charges of theft according to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks).

Anelisa Feni spokesperson for the Hawks said that the student Sibongile Mani was arrested on Tuesday morning by the Serious Commercial Crime unit.

This arrest follows a request for her to hand herself in to the Hawks’ Eastern Cape Provincial office in East London.

She said, “It is alleged that during June 2017, Mani illegally received just over R14,1 million from the NSFAS. She allegedly spent just over R810,000 of this amount on personal items over a period of three months before the anomaly was detected by the scheme.”

Mani, 28, was released on a warning, she will be expected to appear in court again on the 2nd of July 2018.

Photo Credit- The Sun

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