EFF wants Madonsela to investigate Nzimande for alleged receiving of SETA funds

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 10, 2015

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has announced it would approach the office of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, to investigate allegations of possible corruption against embattled Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

In a statement, EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said a community trust fund started by Nzimande, had been pocketing donations worth R11-million from the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA), adding that the Minister had been using his position to appointment “individuals with no capacity to deliver education and skills”.

“Nzimande has been using the Ministry of Higher Education and all its entities for redirection of funds meant to education and skills into benefactors of the South African Communist Party, close friends and family, and private Trusts and organisations,” Ndlozi said.

“We will write to the Public Protector, Forensic Investigation Unit and National Prosecutions Authority to investigate the R11 million donation by SETA to the Dambuza Community Trust, which is a private finance vehicle of Minister Blade Nzimande”.

He also stated that the party would also call for an investigation into the ongoing saga surrounding the National Students’ Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) as the “crisis there (was) caused by close friends of the Minister”.

“South Africa’s funds meant for provision of education are being redirected into Ministers’ pockets. Blade Nzimande has dismally failed to come with a plan to finance free education for all, because he is obsessed with ways of milking the department and its entities of all the monies meant for development,” Ndlozi said.