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EFF Member of Parliament opens case against Nzimande and NSFAS chair

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Member of Parliament Mandla Shikwambana has opened a case against Higher Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande and NSFAS chairperson Ernest Khoza at the Nelspruit Police Station in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

The case relates to the leaked audio recording by OUTA, exposing alleged corrupt dealings and kickbacks from NSFAS service providers to Nzimande. Shikwambana is also a member of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education. Nzimande has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and vowed to stay in his position.

The EFF and other political parties are calling for the resignation of Nzimande. The Higher Education Minister is accused of receiving kickbacks from NSFAS service providers, amounting to millions. The financial aid scheme has been plagued by challenges, including late payments and issues with service providers among others.

“They supposed to be providing allowances to students but they steal the money of students and share it among themselves. The students on the ground are struggling, our sisters and brothers in universities and TVET colleges do not have accommodation, they are not funded as we speak today. This year alone 280 students will be defunded because of the budget cuts which is affecting and we are speaking about plus or 2 800 students who did not receive their allowance last year. If you look it is the money that goes missing and into the pockets of NSFAS officials and the minister,” says Shikwambana.

Source: eNCA

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