Three National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) employees were arrested on Tuesday for fraud at the NSFAS’s Wynberg Office.
The employees were 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 started when NSFAS was put under administration in August 2018. These investigations were set up to probe “missing funds”, leakage of confidential information, student allowances and issues relating to human resources.
NSFAS has however reassured students that the arrest of these employees won’t impact the 2020 applications cycle.
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 partnered various provincial departments for education and will journey into rural areas to further encourage learners who need funding.
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
Meanwhile, NSFAS has appealed to anybody who suspected suspicious activity to report it on the NSFAS fraud hotline “Vuvuzela” on toll-free number 0860 247 653 or to SMS “Call-back” to 30916, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.