National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Andile Nongogo has been placed on special leave while the board investigates corruption allegations levelled against him.
Nongogo faces corruption allegations related to his previous work at Services SETA (SSETA). These allegations further raise concerns about potential improper practices in the awarding of bids at NSFAS.
The allegations relate to his work with the Services SETA and how this may relate to unacceptable conduct in the awarding of bids at NSFAS.
NSFAS acknowledged that while the allegations stem from Nongogo’s activities in another organisation, it views them in a very serious light.
Ernest Khosa, NSFAS Board Chairperson says they are committed to transparent governance and transformation within the organisation. Khosa assured the public that any activities conflicting with NSFAS's mission to support underprivileged students would be dealt with resolutely.
The Board commits itself to transformation and clean governance at NSFAS and will ensure that any activities that defeat the purpose of serving students from poor and working-class backgrounds are addressed decisively
Current NSFAS Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Masile Ramowesi has been appointed as the scheme's interim CEO.
Nzimande Reacts To NSFAS CEO Suspension
Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande has set a deadline of 30 August 2023 for the NSFAS board to unveil their plan to address challenges related to the direct payment system for allowances.
The Minister acknowledged the NSFAS board's decision to place Nongogo on a special leave of absence during an investigation into corruption allegations linked to the appointment of service providers responsible for managing the direct payment of NSFAS allowances.
Despite strong opposition from students, the Minister said the implementation of the direct payment system. The minister believes that the direct payment solution is critical to reducing unauthorised access to beneficiary allowances, combatting the payment of ghost students, resolving inconsistencies, and preventing delays in allowance payments to students.