Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande, NSFAS, South African Social Security Agency, SASSA, corruption, illegal funding, students, investigations into funding

Minister Blade Nzimande says they will be investigating how some students were able to get NSFAS funding without qualifying. Photo: GCIS / Flickr

SASSA *could* be part of NSFAS funding corruption – Nzimande

Minister Blade Nzimande said that his department and SASSA will be investigating how some students qualified for NSFAS funding.

Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande, NSFAS, South African Social Security Agency, SASSA, corruption, illegal funding, students, investigations into funding

Minister Blade Nzimande says they will be investigating how some students were able to get NSFAS funding without qualifying. Photo: GCIS / Flickr

Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande made a highly controversial statement on Friday, 24 June. The Minister stated that he suspects the entry point to corruption over NSFAS funding was through the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

Nzimande and SASSA will investigate how students were approved for NSFAS

Nzimande revealed that his department, along with SASSA, will be probing how qualifying students were approved. This investigation will be focused on students who are currently receiving funding. 

While speaking in Pretoria, the Minister was providing an update on NSFAS funding for the 2022 academic year. 

Nzimande said that SASSA would be called into the investigation to help with verifying data that has been submitted to NSFAS. The aim is to deal with students who were revealed to be receiving illegal funding, reports EWN.

“They found a way of providing false information” – Minister on students with illegal funding

Nzimande further spoke about these students knowing they don’t qualify but finding other ways to collect the funding.

“Because they know that they don’t qualify, but they have found a way of providing false information in such that students that come from better-off families benefit from NSFAS whilst poor students from the working class continue to be excluded,”

said Nzimande.

Blade Nzimande: CORRUPTION at National Skills Fund to be investigated

In other news about Nzimande, it was previously reported that Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has appointed a forensic company to conduct a full-scale forensic investigation into the financial affairs of the National Skills Fund (NSF).

This follows a damning report by Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke, which found that close to R5 billion couldn’t be accounted for over a two-year period. The NSF reports to Nzimande’s office and was established in 1999. It provides funding for different kinds of skills development initiatives, bursaries, scholarships and workplace-based learning, to name but a few.

Blaze Nzimande’s office also says he had also appointed a Ministerial Task Team (MTT) to conduct a strategic review of the NSF, its general operations, its efficiency and relevance with regard to the national skills priorities of the country. Read the full story here.