INTELLIMALI TAKES FLAK OVER R14M STUDENT 'LOAN'
JOHANNESBURG - ANC MPs have put the blame for the mistaken payment of R14-million on service provider Intellimali, saying it should have done more to prevent a student loan card from being used in an irregular manner.
Parliament was briefed on Tuesday on how a student was paid R14million instead of R1 400 and went on to spend more than R800 000 of it. None of the parties involved took responsibility for the erroneous payment. “For me, honestly, it’s the fault of the service provider," said ANC MP Sibongile Mchunu. "You were not able to pick up that such an amount was deposited into the student's account. We don’t know when did you know?
"We know that former NSFAS employees are now directors of Intellimali. I think because they have worked at NSFAS [National Student Financial Aid Scheme] before, they should have known better," Mchunu said Intellimali defended itself, saying it had a proven record. Instead, it was the student who didn't behave appropriately after receiving the money, Intellimali said. "In simple terms, we’d like to state there were no over sight, no errors or negligence by a member of Intellimali team in uploading the file the student in question received the correct allocation of R1 400," said Intellimali CEO Michael Ansell. eNCA