As she leaves a building at the Walter Sisulu University building in East London, Sibongile Mani is mobbed by angry students, demanding she pay back their money.?
JOHANNESBURG - The life of the Walter Sisulu University student who received an erroneous payment of R14-million is reportedly being threatened.
Sibongile Mani is seeking legal advice as the investigation continues into the payment into her National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) card.
She is alleged to have spent over R800,000 of the money in three months.
Even though she attended a press conference on Monday, leaders of the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (Pasma) refused to allow her to speak. They said it might jeopardise her case.
They also said her life was being threatened and asked members of the public to give her the space to recover from the trauma.
After the press conference, Mani was mobbed by angry students, calling for her to pay back the money.
The police had to step in and drive her to safety.
"As things stand, she has not been charged with any crime," said Vusi Mahlangu, Pasma spokesperson. "We are told of the ongoing investigation so ... we are preparing a proper legal defence in case she gets charged. From where we stand, we doubt she will ever be charged ... she didn't commit a crime, but we will let the courts deal with that matter."