Misleading NSFAS will result in criminal charges
5000 students who misled NSFAS to fund them to face criminal charges.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme has removed the 5000 students from its system. Higher education minister Blade Nzimande said criminal charges would be laid against the students who lied to get the funding. The minister says the culprits need to be punished.
Nzimande says the fraudsters will not be allowed to get away with defrauding the student financial aid scheme. “There is no justification this is a case of ethical and corrupt behaviour,” he said.
These students have been said to deny the deserving students the opportunity to get funding. NSFAS issued a communique to the affected students to notify them of the terminations of their contracts. They have been given 14 days to contest this decision by submitting proof of family income to the scheme.
Although this is happening NSFAS has not said how do they verify the information of applicants, to see who gets to be funded or not.