Tweeps react to NSFAS student’s sentence


Actress Natasha Thahane found herself trending on Wednesday 30 March…and the reason is not a pleasant one.

Twitter users reacted to the sentencing of National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) student Sibongile Mani for spending R818 000 of the R14 million that was mistakenly deposited into her account in 2017. Many wanted to know why the Blood & Water actress hasn’t been investigated.

Natasha admitted to using her influence to secure a New York Film Academy scholarship from the government on MacG’s Podcast and Chill in 2021.

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The honours education student at Walter Sisulu University, was sentenced to five years behind bars by East London Regional Court magistrate Twanette Olivier on Wednesday.

Sibongile Mani squandered R818 000 in NSFAS funds which had been erroneously deposited into her student account. At the time she was only due to receive her R1400 food and book allowance.

According to Olivier, Sibongile’s actions had been inspired by greed — not need — and therefore she is not a victim.

“The court has a duty to impose a fearlessly appropriate and fair sentence even if such a sentence would not satisfy public opinion,” Olivier said.

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Reacting to the sentence, many Twitter users likened Mani’s situation to that of Natasha Thahane.

The former Skeem Saam actress made the bombshell revelation in her interview on the popular YouTube show Podcast and Chill with MacG that her aunt and former Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete used her influence to secure funding towards her tuition fees. The money altogether came to about R1 million.

Thahane is also the granddaughter of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

She told MacG that after quitting her role as Amo on the Mzansi Magic telenovela The Queen to further her studies in 2017, she enrolled for a one-year course at the New York Film Academy. This is when Mbete came to her rescue financially.

“I asked Mam’ Baleka (Mbete) and was like, ‘Mama, I need to go back to school. I’ve been accepted… I don’t know what I’m going to do, can I have funds? Please arrange something for me.’ She managed to speak to (the department) Arts and Culture and they were able to help me,” she had said on the podcast.

In light of this and Sibongile Mani’s sentencing, Twitter users believe that Thahane should also face the full might of the law. Take a look…

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