Student Forum intends to appeal Mani’s sentence

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

Forum 4 Service Delivery Student Forum (F4SD SF) on Wednesday made enquiry to engage the lawyers of Sibongile Mani and will further engage the family to appeal the harsh unfair sentence imposed by the court. In 2017, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) accidentally credited R14 million into her account. She was only entitled to an R1 400 monthly allowance for food.

Mani was found guilty of stealing R818 000 of the funds.

F4SD SF holds a strong view that there are compelling reasons for another court of law to overturn or minimise the 5-year sentence dished on our fellow students.

F4SD SF President Jacky Nonong said Mani was very remorseful through the trial, “we are talking about a first offender who was the only hope of the family. F4SD SF further noted that our justice system is not for the poor since favours the rich and the few connected.”

Nonong added that the sentence disseminated on Mani is more like death because she has already suffered a lot mentally now physically in the overcrowded jail cells. “The report by the correctional service is clear that she is not a flight risk let alone a danger to the community.”

Nonong further said F4SD SF will not at this stage reveal the entire legal strategy going forward but can put it on record that this sentence will be appealed and bail application to be instituted in the interim.

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