Parliament committee slams R14m payment to student

The parliamentary portfolio committee on higher education and training has slammed the R14 million (US$1 million) accidentally paid from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme into a Walter Sisulu University student's account as "dubious" and "unacceptable", writes Khanyisile Ngcobo for Independent Online.

This follows reports recently that a Walter Sisulu University student was living lavishly after accidentally receiving R14 million into her IntelliCard account. The mix-up went virtually undetected for five months until social media posts brought the matter to light, prompting the university to investigate the matter. It then emerged that the student spent close to R1 million before the error was picked up and the card blocked by the institution.

Committee Chairperson Connie September, in a statement, said the committee deserves to be taken into confidence about the erroneous payment made to the student.
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