Sibongile Mani’s granny fuming mad

The sobbing grandmother of Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student Sibongile Mani has pleaded for her to be forgiven, but is also disappointed that she did not at least build her a house with the money.

Nombulelo Mani (67), who lives in Queenstown, raised Sibongile (27) from the time she was six years old.

Mani says Sibongile grew up an innocent child and the news that she spent hundreds of thousands of rand that was not hers had come as a shock.

Sibongile, a second-year accountancy student at WSU, situated in the Eastern Cape, “mistakenly” received R14.1m in June from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) instead of the monthly R1 400 she was entitled to for meals and books.
Three months on, Sibongile has spent R818 000 living the high life, hosting parties for friends and buying Peruvian wigs, designer clothes, handbags and expensive smartphones.

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