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WSU student mistakenly given R14 million to face legal action

The mistake was revealed when a receipt and photos of the woman's spending spree went viral.

A receipt from a grocery store showing a balance on a Walter Sisulu University student's account of more than R13 million. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Legal action will be taken against a Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student who failed to disclose an erroneous deposit of R14 million from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) into her account.

Funding administrative company IntelliMali says instead of reporting the error, the young woman helped herself to the cash and managed to spend close to R1 million since June.

The mistake was revealed when a receipt and photos of the woman's spending spree went viral.

In a statement, the company says the student was supposed to receive R1,400.

IntelliMali also says it takes full administrative and financial responsibility for the bungle.

University spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo said: “It was raised by one of the students on Monday. We contacted Nsfas and then there was the whole media storm around her receiving the money. But we picked it up before.”

LISTEN: Can WSU get back R14m mistakenly deposited into student’s account?

At the same time, the student says she immediately disclosed the error but the SRC has disputed the claim.

The SRC at the Buffalo City campus where the young woman is enrolled says it only found out about the bungle on Tuesday when it started trending on social media.

The young woman has put her side of the story on Facebook, saying she raised the alarm straight away.

SRC President Auriel Bevu denies this.

“We did not receive any report from her. I consulted my colleagues just to follow up whether they received the request, and they said no.

"So, apparently all of us saw it on Facebook when it started trending and we’re still going to set up a meeting just to follow up on the matter.”

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