The South African Student Congress notes with great disappointment the reports of Walter Sisulu University student who allegedly received 14 million rand meal allocation.
In the midst of countrywide outcry for the increase of student allowances, it is shocking to learn of such mismanagement of student loans and bursaries.
We call on NSFAS and Walter Sisulu University to take full responsibility for the incident and probe the private company involved in fraud and corruption, subsequent to that the private company must pay back the money.
We have rejected the privatization of the student scheme, and this is one of the examples of how corrupt and the irresponsible private sector can be with student money. We have also said that private sector can never be a solution over student finances.
SASCO has, for numerous times, raised its concerns over the new NSFAS central model which has failed majority of our students in the following accounts;
- Delay in the processing of applications
- Delay in the distribution of meals and book allowances and;
- Mismanagement of student funds
- Lack of leadership and accountability
We reaffirm our call for the Department of Higher Education and Training to fully monitor operations at NSFAS to prevent such incidents from happening in the near future.
Majority of students at Walter Sisulu University come from poor and working class backgrounds, coming from appalling socioeconomic status. Many students share meal allowances with their families and their peers who were rejected by NSFAS.
Since the student is not the one at fault here, it is our considered view that the student must be recused from the probe and be allowed to continue with her academic activities with ease.
We further caution our fellow student to be careful with how they spend their bursaries and loans, as these are meant for basic necessities required for academic success. The use of NSAFS loans and bursaries to buy concert tickets and other luxuries found in the retail markets must be resisted at all material cost.
Lastly, we call on the university and SRC deployees to support the student with social services to deal with trauma and shock in order for her to refocus on her studies and complete in record time.
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FROM: SASCO President: Thabo Moloja
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