NSFAS applications. Image: Twitter.com/NSFAS

NSFAS applications. Image: Twitter.com/NSFAS

NSFAS: Three employees arrested on allegations of fraud in Wynberg

NSFAS promises that the arrest of these employees won’t impact the 2020 applications cycle

NSFAS applications. Image: Twitter.com/NSFAS

NSFAS applications. Image: Twitter.com/NSFAS

Three National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) employees have been arrested on Tuesday, on accounts of fraud at the Wynberg Office.

A forensic investigation team has been tasked to investigate fraud

The employees have been arrested on allegations of fraud relating to diverting student allowances to their bank accounts, and NSFAS has confirmed to be working with authorities, who are tasked with further investigation of this issue.

Forensic investigations have been tasked since NSFAS was put under administration in August 2018, and these investigations were set apart to further probe the “missing funds”, leakage of confidential information, student allowances and issues relating to human resources.

“It has come to the attention of NSFAS that there are people who are misrepresenting themselves, posing as NSFAS officials soliciting applicants to pay a sum of money in order to have their application processed or have access to application forms. NSFAS would like to caution all students applying for the 2020 funding to be careful in managing their accounts. We want to stress that NSFAS applications are free.”

Student applications for NSFAS will officially close on 30 November

NSFAS reassures South Africa that the arrest of these employees won’t impact the 2020 applications cycle.

Furthermore, NSFAS has advised that the best way to apply for student funding is through your smartphone, and for those who don’t have access to smartphones, they can approach any National Youth Development Agency office, or Vodacom Teacher Training and Development Centre nationally to request assistance.

There are designated people stationed to help students with applications, and NSFAS has revealed that they have partnerships with various provincial departments for education and will journey into rural areas to further encourage learners who need funding, to apply.

The nationwide roadshow will also encourage young people that are out of school, and make resources available for their applications. The recent deadline set for applicants is 30 November, and they have until midnight to apply for education funding

NSFAS has dedicated a fraud hotline

The independent fraud hotline established by NSFAS is called Vuvuzela, and through the hotline, whistleblowers can report fraud, abuse from staff, wastage and other cases of misconduct experienced.

“We appeal to students, applicants, employees and community members to report any suspicious activity promptly on fraud hotline. All calls are kept strictly confidential and callers may remain anonymous.”


The Vuvuzela Hotline is a tollfree number 0860 247 653, and there is an option to ask for a call back: SMS “call-back” to 30916, or you can directly email nsfas@thehotline.co.za.