Court postpones R14 million theft trial of WSU student to March,29

The sentencing proceedings in the Walter Sisulu University Accounting student Sibongile Mani’s theft trial have been postponed to the 29th of March in the East London Magistrate’s Court. The matter was postponed to allow for the submission of a probation officer’s report for the purposes of pre-sentencing. The 31-year-old was found guilty on all ten theft charges against her last month.

Last month, the court found Mani guilty of spending more than R800 000 of National Student Financial Aid (NSFAS) money that did not belong to her. This is after WSU’s service provider Intellimali mistakenly paid R14-million rand from NSFAS into Mani’s account.

It was revealed in court that Mani blew the money on alcohol, beauty products, furniture, data before being arrested by the Hawks in 2018.



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