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OUTA calls for Nzimande’s head following the damning NSFAS report

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Rights group, OUTA, wants the Minister of Higher Education, Dr Blade Nzimande, to step down following the damning report into irregular awarding of contracts at NSFAS.

On Wednesday, the financial aid scheme announced that there was a conflict of interest in the appointment of four Fintech service providers by CEO, Andile Nongogo.

The probe followed months of concerns and complaints by various sectors of society, including students, on the companies that have been tasked with implementing the eZaga payment system, which saw some funds allegedly disappear from student accounts.

OUTA Investigations Manager, Rudie Heyneke, says Nzimande has ignored the organisation’s tip off on the irregularities.

 

OUTA says the report into irregular awarding of contracts at NSFAS signifies an important win for accountability and transparency.

Heyneke says it also proves yet again how important the voices of civil society are and why there are blatant attacks on NGOs in an attempt to silence them.

 

NSFAS spokesperson, Slumezi Skosana, says they will not tire in their relentless fight against corruption at the institution.

He says the NFSAS CEO accused of handpicking the fintech companies has been given an opportunity to explain why his contract should not be terminated.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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