WSU student flees after crowd gets angry over R14-million

Underfire secondyear Walter Sisulu University student Sibongile Mani, implicated in the R14million saga, was forced to flee a press conference shielded by her comrades from an angry crowd before the police arrived and whisked her away. 

TIGHTLIPPED: Walter Sisulu university’s R14-million student, Sibongile Mani, made her first media appearance outside the Eskom House campus yesterday accompanied by Pasma members Picture: BHONGO JACOB

The dramatic events unfolded after her first press briefing descended into chaos after angry students demanded she paid back the R14million mistakenly transferred into her student account. The angry students are accusing Mani of being selfish after getting a lion’s share of R14million by mistake from an estimated R25million earmarked for more than 18 000 students.

Allegedly as a result thousands of students at WSU went to bed hungry due to shortage of funding. The attempted harm on Mani  happened moments after Pasma leader Vusi Mahlangu had warned that Mani’s life was in danger. In viral video footages that later surfaced on social media Mani could be seen being shielded by Pasma leaders from a taunting crowd of more than a hundred shouting and screaming “pay the money”.

During a tense press briefing outside the WSU’s Eskom House campus, student body leaders defended their members actions saying “she did not put the money in her account”. However hecklers disagreed shouting from the back: “But she did it!” 

Pasma spokesman Mahlangu blamed WSU for compromising Mani’s safety. But WSU spokeswoman Yonela Tukwayo denied putting Mani’s life at risk. East London police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Hazel Mqala was not available for comment.



  1. SA citizens please protect Sibongile Mani before she may do something horrible. Its time Mr. Nzimande to take the child into exile and change her name for her to pursue her future. This is my opinion as the issue is horrible handled.

  2. I think the person responsible for putting such a large amount of money into Manis student card must be arrested, for carelessness or fraud. How can you make a mistake with so much zeros? R14000000 intead of R1400 monthly or R14000 yearly allowance. Something is fishy with this University. Too much corruption, which leads to more strikes. I think she must be allowed to pay back what she can afford.

  3. Why is Sibongile the only person to blame when she was not the one who deposited money in her account? Kutheni abantu bakwa intelli bangatati responsibility of their mistake? Cos bfr ibe ingene ku Sbongile imali ibivunywe kwa intelli…

  4. It is so disappointing how the media is handling the case of Ms Mani. She does not deserve the kind of treatment that they are giving her and now look she is living in fear.
    Where are the people who transferred money into her account? why are they not being investigated. What did they do after the report they got from ms Mani? We will protect Ms Mani in any way we can.


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