By: Poelano Malema
Khanyi Mbau has taken to social media to defend her brother Lasizwe following accusations that he misused the R2-million he received to help struggling students pay for their fees.
Mbau says the accusations against her brother broke her heart.
“This breaks my heart , not only because you are my brother but how we a good gesture could turn so bad and we forget the intention behind @lasizwe starting this,” she wrote.
She asked Fundi – the organisation that offers student loans, which Lasizwe partnered with, to give an explanation to what happened to the funds.
” Funda can we please get an explanation for on this unfortunate case affecting the nation,” wrote Mbau.
This breaks my heart , not only because you are my brother but how we a good gesture could turn so bad and we forget the intention behind @lasizwe starting this. Funda can we please get an explanation for on this unfortunate case affecting the nation. https://t.co/3j3jmb012v
— KHANYI MBAU (@MbauReloaded) August 28, 2021
Over the weekend, Lasizwe posted a video on Twitter and explained that he transferred all the money to Fundi.
“Hello to everyone watching. This is the last time I address this and talk about this. First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the ‘R10 goes a long way initiative’. If it wasn’t for your contributions, we wouldn’t have raised R2m. Second of all, myself and my team members, we are not crowd funders. We have never done crowdfunding before. It’s our first time and due to it being our first time we said we do not want to make any mistakes. We said you know what? Let’s partner up with an organisation called Fundi because they have access to universities. They have access to see which students have registered,” he said in the video.
He further asked students who have benefited from the initiative to speak up.
“We transferred all the money to Fundi’s account. And even some companies were still waiting for tax clearance and those companies were told to transfer that money to Fundi’s account. Fundi will administer everything. It brings me to this point … Actually why those students who benefited from the initiative are so quiet? Why are you quiet? You guys are seeing there’s fire, people are fighting and you guys are quiet. Can all the students who benefited from this initiative stand up and say that ‘my registration got paid?’” he added.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING THE 2 MILLION: For immediate release pic.twitter.com/ETaC0r6kCI
— Lasizwe (@lasizwe) August 28, 2021
Image courtesy of Instagram/ @Mbaureloaded