16 May 2013
The South African Democratic Students Movement
(SADESMO) today reacted to allegations that members of the
SASCO-lead Students Representatives Council at Amajuba FET
College has corrupted student funds from NSFAS. The money was
supposed to be allocated for transport and private accommodation
for 55 students.
It was reported the SASCO-lead SRC informed
the students who had qualified to receive the assistance that
the finance department had lost the 55 students' cards.
The case was reported to the nearest SAPS
station and subsequently on Tuesday two SRC members were
arrested; namely Siyabonga Ntshangase and Lindiwe Khumalo. They
were granted free bail today (16th May 2013).
SADESMO President, Bonga Zungu, said “SADESMO
is very concerned and extremely worried by this matter because
it speaks to corruption of the highest order.”
“SADESMO demands that urgent steps be taken to
ensure that a full-scale investigation is launched and all those
involved be brought to book,” Zungu said.
“Special intervention from the Department of
Higher Education & Training is needed to better safeguard the
dispensation of NSFAS funds, which are intended for those coming
from poor and struggling backgrounds. SADESMO will keep a close
eye on developments in this case,” concluded Zungu.
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