Labor Court rejects sacked NSFAS chief’s application

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The council of the national financial aid scheme for students (NSFAS) has welcomed a decision by the labor court that the suspension of the employment contract of the institution’s former head, Andile Nongogo, is valid and lawful.

The labor court dismissed Nongogo’s application to have his dismissal set aside with costs on Tuesday, as well as the application that certain paragraphs in a report by Werksmans Prokureurs, which implicates him in irregularities in the appointment of service providers, should be deleted.

“The court decision proves that the NSFAS board made the right decision,” the institution said in a statement.

Nongogo was placed on special leave in October due to his alleged involvement with one of the service providers for NSFAS’s direct payment system. The council later got in his way.

NSFAS says the Werksmans report is a “necessary and important measure” to empower the institution to fight “corruption and the hijacking of NSFAS by unscrupulous people posing as business people”.

“The report is also a way for NSFAS to improve its own internal supply management system and controls.”

The institution will now continue with the legal process regarding the suspension of contracts to service providers that handle the direct payments.

The minister of higher education, training and innovation, Blade Nzimande, as well as the current chairman of the NSFAS board, Ernst Khoza, are meanwhile also involved in allegations of large-scale illegalities in the awarding of the tenders to certain service providers.