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OUTA Welcomes Rejection of Axed NSFAS CEO Reinstatement Bid

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OUTA Welcomes Rejection of Axed NSFAS CEO Reinstatement Bid

OUTA Welcomes Rejection of Axed NSFAS CEO Reinstatement Bid. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) expresses satisfaction with the recent decision by the Labour Court to dismiss the bid for reinstatement made by the former CEO of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), Andile Nongogo. Nongogo termination resulted from corruption allegations involving the irregular awarding of tenders to four NSFAS service providers.

Corruption Allegations and OUTA Stance

OUTA has consistently called for the resignation of Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and NSFAS Board Chairperson Ernest Khosa amidst corruption allegations. The controversy revolves around tenders granted irregularly, prompting OUTA to demand accountability from the implicated figures.

Minister’s Response and OUTA Disappointment

Despite the allegations, Minister Nzimande has denied any wrongdoing and refused to resign. OUTA Investigations Manager, Rudie Heyneke, expresses disappointment with the minister’s response. However, Heyneke acknowledges a communication channel, stating, “We are quite disappointed. The way that the minister responded, but one thing we can say is that the minister made a call to us saying listen, come forward with all your information…it is time now to put all your information on the table and we’re ready and happy to meet with the minister to discuss whatever he wants to know from us.”

Call for Investigation

Heyneke suggests that recent revelations, such as recorded conversations, have intensified the call for a thorough investigation into the minister’s actions. OUTA emphasizes the need for legal scrutiny and hopes that law enforcement will examine the allegations against the minister.

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Conclusion

OUTA remains committed to promoting transparency and accountability within public institutions. The dismissal of Nongogo reinstatement bid by the Labour Court is seen as a step towards accountability, and OUTA continues to advocate for a comprehensive investigation into the alleged corruption involving the Higher Education Minister and NSFAS board chairperson.

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