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nsfasMail & Guardian reports that bugged offices, staff suspended for a year without being charged, positions created for select people and senior executives made redundant are some of the allegations that have been levelled against Randall Carollissen, the administrator of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).  

But Carolissen has denied these allegations, which were made before the parliamentary portfolio committee on higher education.  Current and former NSFAS employees recently appeared before the committee to speak about their experience working under Carolissen, who was appointed in 2018 to turn the embattled scheme around.  Last month, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) levelled the allegations and called for Carolissen’s removal.  Former HR executive Vuyokazi Dwane told the committee that his period under Carolissen had been characterised by nepotism and favouritism, where jobs under advertisement were referred to as “so and so’s job”.  Dwane claimed that in 2018 Carolissen asked her to send job adverts to his office so he could distribute them to his network.  Dwane also spoke of an incident where a post was advertised twice because a specific individual had not applied for it on the first occasion.  “The picture that you are painting is horrible; it is a terrible picture that we are listening to here,” said Philemon Mapulane, the chairperson of the portfolio committee.  The committee decided that Carolissen would be called to answer to the allegations.  He said he welcomed any inquiry as he wanted to clear his name and maintain his reputation.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bongekile Macupe at Mail & Guardian

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