The three suspects made there first appearance in court for allegedly defrauding the National Student Financial Aid Scheme of R1.4 million.
THREE suspects who allegedly defrauded the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to the tune of R1.4 million have been arrested.
Nosipho Fortune Sokhela, 32, Thabisile Protasia Mdabe, 40, and Sandile Reginald Sokhela, 39, made their first appearance in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Two of the suspects were each granted R2,000 bail, while police said that the “main suspect” was granted bail of R5,000 but was unable to raise the money so he was remanded in custody.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele, it is alleged that between October 2015 and August 2016 a known suspect allegedly forwarded money into three different bank accounts that were unknown to the institution.
“The money was for NSFAS and was supposed to be deposited to students who were in financial need in one of the colleges in Durban.
“The total amount of money that was defrauded is R1.4 million.
“A case of fraud was opened at KwaMakhutha SAPS for investigation.”
Mbele said the trio were arrested by the provincial commercial crime unit.
The acting provincial commissioner for KwaZulu-Natal, Major-General Thulani Gonya, welcomed the arrest of the suspects.