Higher Education to probe alleged NSFAS corruption

The department suspects some universities haven’t been allocating NSFAS to students who apply.

FILE. A group of students at the University of Johannesburg protest the lack of NSFAS funding. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Higher Education and Training Departmen t says an investigation will be launched soon into institutions suspected of misusing National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funding.

The department suspects some universities haven't been allocating funds from NSFAS to students who apply for them.

The department has told Eyewitness News it can't yet confirm how many universities are involved or exactly when the investigation will start.

But it says it has credible information that suggests NSFAS corruption at some institutions.

Spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana says, "When we allocate money to universities to be passed on to students, most of them in terms of our imaginative head count, it doesn't reach."

He says anyone found guilty of misusing student funding will face disciplinary action.

"It's going to be a very serious process and we suspect that we are going to uncover quite a lot. There are many people who are going to face prosecution."

The department says it will alert the vice chancellors of any implicated universities before the investigation starts.