A student in South Africa normally received the US equivalent of $100 monthly as a University food grant. In June, she was deposited $1 million USD.
What would you do if you were accidentally given $1 million? Well this student started to live the celebrity life.
The student, who wishes not to be named, transformed her neat corn-row hairstyle and replaced it with $250-a-time Peruvian weaves and she began wearing designer outfits, a high-end purse and bought a brand new iPhone 7.
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She began flying her friends around South Africa to wild parties, buying expensive bottles. Suspicions grew about her new lifestyle and eventually the error was caught.
By the time it was all said and done, the student spent $62k USD in two-and-a-half months, about $800 a day.
Students receive loans to cover textbooks, accommodation and food, through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), and the money is meant to be paid back after graduation.
NSFAS confirmed on their Twitter account that the University and the company responsible for wiring the money are investigating how this happened.
WSU and IntelliMali will do a forensic investigation on the R14 million matter.#NSFAS
— NSFAS (@myNSFAS) August 30, 2017