Tuesday, April 23, 2024

South Africa: Student Funding Body CEO Fired By Board Over Student Payment Irregularities and Conflicts of Interest

NSFAS board chairperson Ernest Khosa told Parliament that Andile Nongogo has been dismissed from the entity. Nongogo had been in the firing line over a conflict of interest in the appointment of service providers, which were meant to distribute allowances to funded students.

Andile Nongogo has been fired as the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) CEO. The board fired him on Monday evening.

This was revealed by board chairperson Ernest Khosa in Parliament on Tuesday morning as the NSFAS briefed Parliament’s public accounts committee on investigations currently underway at the aid scheme.

Making opening remarks, Khosa jumped straight to the situation of Nongogo: “I should make the committee aware that last night the board of NSFAS took a decision to terminate the contract of the CEO”.

Khosa said this was based on a breach of policy as well as a “breach” of trust.

Nongogo had been placed on special leave since August, following an Outa investigation that implicated him in wrongdoing in the appointment of service providers that are meant to distribute funded students’ allowances for essentials such as food, hygiene products and transport.

Nongogo had been in the firing line with the agency since last week, when the board had given him seven days to give reasons why he should not be fired, following investigations that there was a conflict of interest in the appointment of companies contracted to distribute funds to students.

Investigations were conducted by Werksmans Attorneys and advocate…


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