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OUTA Is Ready for Legal Action Against Nzimande After the NSFAS Investigation

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OUTA Is Ready for Legal Action Against Nzimande After the NSFAS Investigation

OUTA Is Ready for Legal Action Against Nzimande After the NSFAS Investigation. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) is prepared for potential legal action in response to allegations against Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande. The minister is exploring legal options following the release of an investigation implicating him in kickback schemes related to a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) contract.

Nzimande Disputes Claims in Media Address

Minister Nzimande addressed the media on Monday, disputing claims of financial impropriety tied to the awarding of a lucrative NSFAS contract. OUTA, having released an investigative report accompanied by leaked recordings, stands firm in its readiness to defend against any legal actions brought by the minister.

OUTA Response to Nzimande Accusations

OUTA CEO Wayne Duvenage refutes Minister Nzimande’s allegations that the organization is colluding with disgruntled service providers. OUTA emphasizes its commitment to impartial investigations and claims that information is sourced from whistleblowers aiming to expose corruption within the Department of Higher Education.

Nzimande Critique of OUTA

Minister Nzimande criticized OUTA, suggesting that the organization serves the interests of elites and does not care about ordinary citizens. OUTA rejects these claims, asserting that its mission is to reduce waste and corruption in the public sector, benefiting all citizens, especially the economically disadvantaged.

Criminal Charges and Sharing Findings

OUTA confirms the drafting of criminal charges against Minister Nzimande, NSFAS Board Chairperson Earnest Khosa, and others implicated in corruption. The organization plans to share its findings and recordings with law enforcement agencies, key stakeholders, and oversight bodies in the higher education sector.

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OUTA Call for Resignation and Oversight

OUTA reiterates its call for the resignation of Minister Nzimande and Khosa, urging President Ramaphosa to act in the interest of the country. The organization plans to share its report with various institutions, including the Auditor-General, the Public Protector, and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science, and Innovation for oversight purposes.

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Conclusion

As OUTA stands prepared for potential legal challenges, it remains committed to its mission of holding public figures accountable for corruption and advocating for transparency. The organization emphasizes its dedication to the welfare of all citizens, especially those adversely affected by corruption in public services.

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