Suspended DG Accuses Minister of NSFAS Corruption

The suspended Director-General of higher education, Gwebinkundla Qonde, has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of failing to act on corruption allegations against Minister Blade Nzimande. Qonde has since appealed his suspension at Labour Court which was subsequently dismissed. 

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The suspended higher education Director-General (DG), Gwebinkundla Qonde, has said that President Cyril Ramaphosa has failed to act against Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, on allegations of corruption. 

Qonde laid allegations of corruption against Nzimande for violating procurement rules when it came to the purchase of laptops for university students via the National Student’s Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). 

The suspended Director-General has since taken legal action against the Minister of Higher Education in fighting his suspension. 

The Minister’s spokesperson, Ishmael Mnisi, said the Minister welcomes the Labour Court outcome to dismiss Qonde’s appeal to his suspension saying that the department is serious about fighting corruption and state capture. 

It is however reported that Qonde’s disciplinary action had nothing to do with his accusation of Minister Nzimande being involved in corruption. 

Mnisi alleges that Qonde was suspended on the basis of mismanagement and unaccounted amount of R5 million.

Mnisi indicated that there are procedures that should be followed when it comes to Nzimande’s corruption allegations, which includes law enforcement institutions. 

The president’s delay to launch an investigation into the alleged corruption of Nzimande would be viewed as inconsistent as the country recently witnessed former Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize being investigated for corruption.

The delay could also point to the direction of favouritism should the President not respond to the allegations, said Qonde.

The Minister’s spokesperson said Nzimande has been working with all parties to address the corruption allegations.

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