WSU Student Sibongile Mani Jailed Five Years For Spending Spree
A Walter Sisulu University student who made headlines after she spent more than R800,000 of NSFAS funds mistakenly sent into her account has been jailed for five years.
It is reported that Sibongile Mani stood unmoved in the dock as East London regional court magistrate Twanett Olivier delivered the judgement.
Her lawyers had pleaded for a suspended sentence but the court said;
“The court has a duty to impose a fearlessly appropriate and fair sentence even if such a sentence would not satisfy public opinion,”
Mani, 31, was convicted last month of theft of nearly R1m from the money deposited into her student account in error by Intellimali, an NSFAS service provider, in 2017.
After the mistake and within hours, Sibongile Mani had spent more than R20,000 and went on to splurge more than R800,000 until her account was frozen on August 14.
She was accidentally paid an amount of R14 million instead of R1,400 in June 2017 by Cape Town-based company, Intellimali.