Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse, OUTA, says NSFAS must now focus on restoring stability to the student financial aid scheme by hiring a permanent CEO.
The organisation’s remarks follow the thwarting of former CEO Andile Nongogo’s attempt for reinstatement.
Yesterday, the Labour Court declared Nongogo’s termination of employment lawful and valid after he had approached the court in a bid to challenge the unilateral termination of his employment contract without a disciplinary hearing.
The former CEO was dismissed due to his alleged involvement in the irregular appointment of direct payment service providers at the financial aid scheme.
Speaking to YNews, OUTA’s investigations manager, Rudie Heyneke, said the organisation hopes that the NSFAS board will hold a rigorous interview session in its search for the next CEO.
NSFAS has also welcomed the court’s ruling in its favour in the Nongongo case, saying it feels vindicated.
“The NSFAS Board views the Werksmans Attorneys report as a necessary and important measure to propel NSFAS to a much more elevated level of consciousness to fight corruption and the capture of NSFAS by some unscrupulous people masquerading as businesspeople. Furthermore, this report also serves as a measure for NSFAS to further strengthen its own internal supply chain management systems and controls,” the organisation says in a statement.
The Department of Higher Education’s spokesperson, Ismail Mnisi, says NSFAS will now focus all its efforts towards the preparation for the seamless beginning of the 2024 academic year.