KWAZULU-NATAL. – A student has died after she apparently had to sleep on the street for a number of nights. This, after her landlord kicked her out when NSFAS apparently did not pay out her accommodation money. Many blame NSFAS for the student’s death.
According to IOL, 26-year-old Yonwaba Manyanya was a student at the eThekwini TVET college in Kwazulu-Natal. She is also part of the country’s National Student Financial Scheme (NSFAS). Manyana apparently lived on the streets for a number of days. Social media users claim it is because NSFAS did not pay her accommodation or food allowance.
Student’s death is not our fault NSFAS
Social media users have taken the matter to Twitter and are very unhappy about the incident. Many say that NSFAS must answer for the death of the student.
However, NSFAS say they are not responsible for the student’s death. “There are allegations in the public domain that NSFAS have delayed the payment of grants. It apparently did not cover the cost of accommodation on time. That too, Miss. Manyanya consequently suffered from fatigue and hunger while living on the street due to this delay. These allegations are factually incorrect, based on information we and the college have.”
Tragic incident is handled insensitively
In a statement, NSFAS said Manyanya was a NSFAS-funded student in 2020. Her funding for 2021 has not yet been confirmed.
“The information on the NSFAS record is that Miss. Manyanya did not meet the progress criteria at the time of her death. “She is part of a group of students whose ongoing status at the college have been questioned,” NSFAS said.
“The facts shows that NSFAS’s do not have any connection with this tragic incident. It is unfortunate that this tragic incident is being handled in an insensitive, inaccurate and unfair manner. As well as being used to defame NSFAS.”