Official arrested and charged for student bursary fund fraud

JUST six days after a R30m drug bust at OR Tambo International Airport, the Hawks arrested a middle-aged,Picture: Supplied

A senior official from the Department of Health in the Northern Cape briefly appeared at the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Friday for bursary fund fraud.

Lindiwe Cynthia Nqumashe was arrested on Friday for alleged bursary fraud worth over R80 000 in Kimberly.

“Nqumashe works for the Department of Health, Northern Cape, Kimberley, attached to the student’s bursary funds office dealing with allocation of funds to successful bursary applicants,” said Hawks Captain Philani Nkwalase.

The 44-year-old allegedly approved extra payments for bursaries to be paid in certain student’s university accounts.

She then requested the students to pay back the money and allegedly used this money to launder the bursary funds for her personal gain.

“The fraudulent incidents allegedly transpired between 2009 until 2014 and a number of students were targeted in the alleged fraudulent activity,” said Nkwalase.

“The Hawks investigation on the matter ensured in 2016 after receiving a tip-off about the alleged movement of funds to an individual’s account.”

Nqumashe is facing several charges of fraud and money laundering. She was released on R3 000 bail and the case was postponed to 12 September 2017.

This comes after a Walter Sisulu student in the Eastern Cape has received R14 million that was mistakenly deposited into her account.

Sibongile Mani an accounting student was supposed to receive a monthly stipend of 1400.

TNA Reporter