Sibongile Mani sentenced to 5 years' imprisonment for theft of NSFAS funds

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Sibongile Mani in the East London Regional Court Magistrate Court.
Sibongile Mani in the East London Regional Court Magistrate Court.
Malibongwe Dayimani

The story: Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student Sibongile Mani has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment for theft relating to R14 million accidentally credited to her account by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) in 2017.

The details: East London Regional Court Magistrate Twanette Olivier found Mani guilty of stealing R818 000 of the funds.

The context: She was only entitled to a R1 400 food allowance and was accused of failing to report when R14 million was credited to her account erroneously. She instead embarked on a spending spree.


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