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Corruption is implicated in leaked recordings of Minister Nzimande and the chairperson of NSFAS

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Corruption is implicated in leaked recordings of Minister Nzimande and the chairperson of NSFAS

Corruption is implicated in leaked recordings of Minister Nzimande and the chairperson of NSFAS .The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has uncovered leaked recordings shedding light on severe allegations of corruption involving Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and NSFAS Chairperson Ernest Khosa. The revelations come in the wake of irregularities surrounding the new direct payment system for student allowances, disclosed earlier last year.

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Call for Resignation and Presidential Intervention

OUTA is calling for the immediate resignation of Minister Nzimande and Chairperson Khosa, based on the damning content of the leaked recordings implicating them in corruption within the higher education department and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Failing their resignation, OUTA urges President Cyril Ramaphosa to take swift action and dismiss them from their positions.

Contents of the Leaked Recordings

The leaked voice recordings have brought to light several concerning issues:

Financial Transactions Involving Officials and Service Providers:

    • Allegations of service providers paying millions to the Minister and Chairperson.
    • The South African Communist Party (SACP) reportedly receiving R1 million.
    • In return, service providers obtained tenders and protection.

Manipulation of NSFAS Affairs:

    • Chairperson Khosa implicated in meeting with influential individuals associated with service providers.
    • Khosa allegedly had the opportunity to shield former NSFAS CEO Andile Nongogo from potential consequences.

Irregularities in Legal Proceedings:

    • Khosa expressed intent to appoint a legal firm, Werksmans Attorneys, under his influence to handle cases related to irregularities in the NSFAS direct payment system.
    • Allegations of changing the contents of a letter signed by former CEO Nongogo.

Awareness of Investigation and Collusion:

    • Minister Nzimande reportedly aware of relationships with Fintechs and suspicions of phone tracking by investigators.

Preservation of Image for Service Providers:

    • Instructions on handling the cancellation of service provider contracts without implicating Coinvest.

OUTA Position and Call for Investigation

Rudie Heyneke, OUTA’s Investigations Manager, emphasizes the need for a comprehensive investigation into the extensive corruption web within the higher education sector. OUTA commits to submitting these recordings and their findings to relevant authorities, including the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), Public Protector, SARS, and the Auditor-General’s office. Additionally, OUTA has formally requested President Ramaphosa’s intervention for the removal of Minister Nzimande and Chairperson Khosa.

Conclusion

The leaked recordings and OUTA’s findings underscore the urgency of addressing corruption within the higher education sector, urging accountability and transparency in investigating these serious allegations.

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NSFAS Reapplication If You Dropped Out?

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NSFAS Reapplication If You Dropped Out?

NSFAS Reapplication If You Dropped Out?. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides vital support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, offering bursaries and loans for education expenses. But what happens if you drop out? Do you need to reapply for NSFAS funding? Let’s find out.

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NSFAS Funding

NSFAS assists eligible students with tuition, registration fees, and various allowances, enabling them to focus on their studies without financial worries.

Dropping Out and NSFAS

Life circumstances can lead to a student dropping out of their course. Despite this, you can still qualify for NSFAS funding. However, you must take steps to restart your funding.

Reapplying For NSFAS

If you deregister or drop out, you must reapply for NSFAS if you plan to resume your studies in the future. This ensures you remain eligible for funding.

How to Reapply for NSFAS

Create or Log into Your myNSFAS Account

  • If you have an existing account, log in.
  • If not, create a new account on the myNSFAS portal.

Complete the Application

  • Click on ‘Apply’ and answer the questions on the screen.
  • If required, upload any supporting documents.

Submit Your Application

  • After completing the application, click ‘Submit.’
  • You will receive an application reference number.

Maintaining NSFAS Eligibility

Remember, NSFAS will only fund you if you meet the academic eligibility criteria.

Conclusion

If you dropped out of college or university but wish to return to your studies, you can reapply for NSFAS funding. By following the reapplication process, you can resume your education with the necessary financial support.

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