Walter Sisulu University student Sibongile Mani, who received more than R14m in her student account from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), will only know the verdict in her theft trial next year.

The case was set down for judgment in an East London courtroom on Tuesday.

However, the case could not proceed because it was reported that the presiding officer was sick.

Mani is accused of theft after she allegedly spent more than R800,000 of the R14m.


The amount was credited to her in June 2017.

Mani was an accounting student at the time and was only entitled to receive R1,400.

Within two hours of the accidental transfer, Mani allegedly spent R20,000 on cigarettes and alcohol, according to a previous report on the case.