UNISA Denies Ghost Student Bursary Claims

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JOHANNESBURG-  The University of South Africa has on Monday denied claims of fraud syndicate involving bursaries at the institution, following arrest of its employees last week.

In a statement issued last week by the Hawks, the Unisa’s payroll administrator was accused of being created a ghost students and defrauded the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), under the administration of the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF), to the amount of R1.70-million.

The Unisa’s spokesperson Martin Ramotshela, has said that, with the statement revealed, people are now under the impression that student bursaries at Unisa are being defrauded.

“So when they came on that day to effect an arrest, it was in relation to the person being implicated in the matter with another employee before they joined the University of South Africa, so there is no fraud syndicate of any incident of fraud that took place r taking place at Unisa,”he said.

As the alleged crime was not committed at Unisa, the university views the matter in a serious light and has furthermore demanded the Hawks to withdraw the statement.