In a recent development, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been tracking down thousands of tertiary students who have illegally benefitted from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). The SIU, an independent statutory body in South Africa, is tasked with investigating maladministration, corruption, and irregularities in government departments and public entities.
In its ongoing investigation, the SIU has already recovered R33 million from a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college as part of its probe into corruption at NSFAS. The investigative unit is currently calculating interest earned from the investment and will require the interest to be paid into the SIU trust account.
The SIU conducts its investigations in ten steps, which include receiving allegations from whistleblowers, government departments, or entities that are suspicious of corruption. The unit has investigated several other high-profile cases, such as contracts awarded during the COVID-19 pandemic, uncovering irregularities in 62% of the finalised investigations.
The SIU’s ongoing efforts in combating corruption and irregularities in various government departments and public entities highlight its commitment to transparency and accountability in South Africa.