NSFAS has distanced itself from the passing of Yonwaba Manyanya, who allegedly took her life after being evicted and expelled from studying because of a lack of funding.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) took to Twitter on Thursday, 27 May 2021, to distance itself from the passing of Yonwaba Manyanya. Manyanya was a student at an eThekwini Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College. Her story captured social media as it was alleged that she took her life after being evicted and excluded from studying because the scheme reportedly did not pay her fees.
In light of the above, NSFAS posted a statement distancing itself from the allegations, stating, “It has been confirmed that this horrific incident is unrelated to NSFAS, but any loss of life is devastating, especially of a student. We wish to extend our condolences to her family during this difficult time.”
However, as it has been highlighted in the backlash to the post, the matter of communication between the scheme and tertiary institutions is still a problem which needs to be addressed. This follows weeks of complaints from some students on late payments by the scheme.
See the post below.
NSFAS is saddened by the untimely passing of Ms. Yonwaba Manyanya, a student from eThekwini TVET College. According to our records, Yonwaba was last funded by NSFAS in 2020 and not in 2021.
— NSFAS (@myNSFAS) May 27, 2021