Student's spending spree after flawed N$14m payout
31 August 2017 | International
University spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo told TimesLIVE on Wednesday that a female student in the Eastern Cape had received the payment about five months ago.
“People started complaining after she started living a very lavish lifestyle‚“ Tukwayo said.
“Some students picked this up from the very lavish lifestyle she started living. We will also be looking into how this money was spent to buy some of the expensive goods‚“ Tukwayo said.
“We don't know how this happened … but she will be held liable to pay back the money she had spent‚“ she said.
Students on financial aid receive money for books and food.
“It was very callous and she did not report the matter immediately. She will definitely be held responsible‚“ she said.
Tukwayo said the university was meeting with the CEO of the company who administered the student debit cards - called Intellicard - and that the university's forensic team would also look into the matter.
Tukwayo added: “It was not a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) mistake. It was an Intellicard mistake and we are not sure how that happened.”
An Intellicard is a financial card used by students who are financed by NSFAS.