In 2017, more than R14 million was incorrectly credited to her account.
She spent R820 000 of the total.
The trial of a Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student accused of stealing R14 million in National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) money has been postponed until December 14 due to exam preparations.
On Wednesday, Magistrate Twannett Oliviers stated that she was prepared to deliver the decision in the East London Regional Court.
However, Asanda Pakade, the lawyer representing the student, Sibongile Mani, requested a postponement.
He informed the court that Mani was taking exams and would not be available until the exams ended on December 2nd.
Olivier agreed to the delay.
At the same university, the 31-year-old is pursuing a postgraduate diploma in education.
She was apprehended in May 2018 by the Hawks' Serious Commercial Crimes Unit after she spent more than R820,000 of the roughly R14 million that was incorrectly credited to her student account on June 1, 2017.
Mani was a second-year accounting student who was also a member of the SRC at the time. According to the terms of her loan agreement with NSFAS, she was only entitled to a monthly R1 400 meal allowance.
Intelimali, a Cape Town-based company in charge of disbursing student funds on behalf of universities, opened the theft case.
The erroneous transfer was attributed to a system failure caused by a "absurd or ridiculous technical glitch or hacker," according to Intelimali director Roy Jackson.
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