The SIU will investigate corruption and maladministration within the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is set to investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration within the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

This happened after President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a proclamation authorizing the anti-corruption agency to investigate the NSFAS.

The survey is expected to cover the period between April 2016 and August this year, but could potentially include any other period relevant to the survey.

Kaizer Kganyago, spokesperson for the SIU, said the investigation would focus on two operations of the organization.

“The first part will look at the management of NSFAS finances. Part Two will examine the allocation of loans, grants and other funding payable to students under the provisions of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Act, 1999, Act No. 56 of 1999.

“In addition, the SIU will also investigate related unauthorized, improper, or wasteful and wasteful expenditures incurred by the NSFAS or the state, including causes of maladministration,” he said.

Kganyago noted that the behavior of officials would also be scrutinized.

“The SIU will also investigate any illegal or improper conduct by employees or officials of NSFAS or the service providers in question, their employees or any other person or entity,” it said.

Additionally, the SIU will attempt to recover any funds lost by the state as a result of improper conduct at the NSFAS.

“The SIU is empowered to bring a civil action in the High Court, or a special tribunal on its behalf, to correct any wrongdoing discovered during the two investigations caused by acts of corruption, fraud or maladministration.

“In accordance with the Special Investigation Units and Special Courts Act 74 of 1996, the SIU will refer any evidence indicating criminal conduct that it uncovers to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for further action,” said Kganyago.

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