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Accusations of Corruption Force NSFAS Chair to Take Special Leave

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Accusations of Corruption Force NSFAS Chair to Take Special Leave

Accusations of Corruption Force NSFAS Chair to Take Special Leave. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) board chairperson, Ernest Khosa, has opted for special leave amidst corruption allegations. This move follows accusations by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) suggesting that Khosa, along with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, received kickbacks from NSFAS service providers.

OUTA Claims and Minister Response

Outa report implicates Khosa and Nzimande in corrupt activities, a charge strongly denied by Minister Nzimande. He dismissed Outa claims as unfounded, expressing his commitment to remain in office despite the allegations.

Khosa Voluntary Leave

Contrary to Minister Nzimande stance, the NSFAS board announced that Khosa would take special leave voluntarily. Khosa maintains his innocence, asserting to the board that he neither personally benefited nor facilitated any financial gains for the minister or affiliated parties.

Concerns Raised and Board Acknowledgment

During this tumultuous period, Khosa expressed concerns about threats against his life and his family. The NSFAS board acknowledged his decision to take leave, applauding it as a responsible and conscious step to uphold good corporate governance, transparency, and accountability. Importantly, the board clarified that Khosa’s leave should not be construed as an admission of guilt.

Political Response and Call for Investigation

The corruption allegations have sparked political reactions, with DA leader John Steenhuisen calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to dismiss Minister Nzimande. Steenhuisen accused the President of attempting to downplay the allegations. In response, President Ramaphosa assured the nation of a thorough investigation into the claims against Nzimande and Khosa.

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ActionSA Youth Forum Stance

The ActionSA Youth Forum has called for the entire NSFAS board to step down. They argue that the board’s involvement in decision-making processes related to the alleged fraud necessitates their collective accountability. The Youth Forum emphasizes that the resignation calls should extend beyond the minister and board chairperson to encompass the entire board.

Conclusion

As the controversy unfolds, the nation awaits the outcome of the investigations, highlighting the importance of addressing allegations of corruption in key institutions to maintain public trust and uphold the principles of accountability and transparency.

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