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Corruption investigation into student financial aid begins in May

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Wednesday announced he's launching the probe.

FILE: Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - An investigation into corruption at the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is set to get underway at the end of May.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Wednesday announced he's launching the probe.

He said there is evidence of corruption and collusion in the initiative.

"We have used a certain criteria to identify some of the institutions that we want to prioritise. We are hoping that the institutions we selected will give us maximum possible information about the nature and extent of the problem."

The department's Director-General Gwebs Qonde said they want a report on the investigation by the end of October.

"…so that it begins to indicate to us as to what tampering we need to do in the system in order to ensure we minimise the practices across the system for the 2016 academic year."

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