Sibongile Mani: Tweeps call for a lesser or suspended sentence

Sibongile Mani is not considered a threat to society and had never been convicted of crime before this NSFAS saga.

Mani’s lawyer, Asanda Pakade said the sentence is shocking.

“We are convinced that the High Court will come to a reasonable sentence in this case. We are willing to appeal the sentencing.”

South Africans took to social media to call for Mani to be given a lesser or suspended sentence.

Some also called for the judiciary to keep the same energy when it comes to holding accountable politicians who loot state coffers.

One SA movement leader, Mmusi Maimane also weighed in on the matter.
“Sibongile Mani should not be facing prison time while ANC politicians are comfortable in their luxury vehicles and looting our taxes,” Maimane said.

Here are some of the reactions below:

WHAT DID THE WSU STUDENT SPEND THE MONEY ON? 

In 2017, more than R14 million was wrongly deposited into her account, instead of R1400. Within three days, Mani spent over R800 000 – before her account was eventually blocked. She never reported the error to NSFAS.

It is believed that she splurged the money on weaves, cellphones, and luxury goods. Intellimali has since reimbursed the institution for the staggering amount of money Mani is said to have squandered.

At the time of the incident, Mani was the branch secretary of the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania at East London’s Postdam campus – but her freedoms have now been severely curtailed.

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