Professional appearance in the dock by NSFAS big spender Sibongile Mani

Sibongile Mani gets instructions from her lawyer Asanda Pakade at court in East London while #OutsourcingMust#Fall and Pasma leader Vusi Mahlangu looks on.
Sibongile Mani gets instructions from her lawyer Asanda Pakade at court in East London while #OutsourcingMust#Fall and Pasma leader Vusi Mahlangu looks on.
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Accounting student Sibongile Mani cut a confident figure in the East London Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning‚ wearing a stylish blazer and matching trousers‚ during an appearance related to her spending spree on Peruvian weaves‚ alcohol and lavish parties.

It was a brief appearance for the Walter Sisulu University student‚ who allegedly spent more than R800‚000 in three months last year after an administrative error saw her receive R14-million for food and book allowances from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

Magistrate Rochelle Sam postponed the matter to July 24.

Sam said the postponement would allow Mani's lawyer‚ Asanda Pakade‚ to get a copy of the charge sheet from the National Prosecuting Authority.

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