UNISA Official On NSFAS Board Faces Calls To Resign Over Corruption Allegations



Allegations of corruption have surfaced against a senior official at South Africa's largest university, who also holds a position on the board of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).



The South African Union of Students (SAUS) are calling for the immediate suspension of Reshma Mathura, who currently serves as the acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) of Finance at the University of South Africa (UNISA). These calls come in response to accusations that Mathura, who also serves on the NSFAS's board, may have received funds improperly.

SAUS emphasizes the seriousness of these allegations, insisting on an independent investigation to either confirm or refute Mathura's involvement. Despite assertions from Mathura's representatives, including AfriForum, asserting her innocence, SAUS are resolute in their demand for transparency and accountability.

The Union's stance aligns with its prior position on individuals accused of misappropriating state funds, referencing past actions taken against former NSFAS CEO Andile Nongogo and Board Chair Ernest Khosa. SAUS says Mathura should not receive preferential treatment compared to previous cases.

These steps would be further consistent with the actions taken when the CEO and subsequently the Board Chair were accused of corruption at the scheme, and as such we contended Ms Methura isn’t any special.

Mathura maintains her innocence, attributing the unauthorized deposits into her account as an attempt to tarnish her reputation. She has reported the incident to UNISA's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Puleng LenkaBula.

As a board member of NSFAS, responsible for distributing financial aid to students for essentials such as meals, accommodation, and learning materials, Mathura's alleged involvement raises significant concerns. SAUS insists on a prompt investigation by law enforcement agencies to uncover the truth behind these accusations.

We are further calling on law enforcement to move with sheer speed in investigating these allegations.

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