Sibongile Mani elected as WSU Convocation Treasurer

Sibongile Mani elected Treasurer of the WSU Convocation.

On Tuesday of this week, Sibongile Mani was announced as the Walter Sisulu WSU Convocation committee’s treasurer.

Athi Fani, Mani’s campaign manager, stated that they do not dwell on the criticisms of Mani made by the media as well as the public since they believe people made this choice with the intent of putting her in this position.

Fani added that Mani is not in a leadership position for the first time, since she was a member of the SRC in 2019 before being recognised leader of the year for her leadership abilities.

“Sibongile Mani has continued to give back to society as a leader and an educator. She recently partnered with a local church in a campaign to assist students with information and education about the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

“She has made a mistake in her life, but she cannot be haunted by that mistake because she is human. We are a country that believes in the culture of Ubuntu, and we must always practice living in peace and harmony to love one another,” Fani stated.

He continued by expressing their hopes for Mani to bring about change and expressing their best wishes for her in her new role.

As Mani’s name and face were spotted spreading on social media as the person on the convocation committee nominees, this week saw a resurgence in her popularity. This caused a great deal of confusion because people are aware that Mani is still fighting a case.

Following the NSFAS incident, Mani gained notoriety. She was convicted guilty of theft last year and received a five-year sentence from the East London Regional Court.

In 2017, NSFAS mistakenly credited R14 million to Mani’s IntelliMali account.

Mani spent more than R800,000 of this R14 million, which she used carelessly, according to the evidence the court presented.

On Sunday, Mani’s campaign manager, Fani, made the announcement that Mani had been elected to serve as Treasurer.

“Her election serves as a symbol of hope for the advancement of women in administration. I am confident that she will put forth a lot of effort and attention to guarantee that she keeps her word to the people,” Fani stated.

Misheck Mugabe, the secretary general of this convocation, told this newspaper that the decision would be made in accordance with the university’s policies.