Student Loans: Mother and Son Jailed For Stealing Over 17 Million


BuzzSouthAfrica has been informed about the jailing of a former North West University senior financial officer for stealing over 17 million from student loans.

As informed, the financial officer, Bradley Freeman was sentenced by the North West High Court in Mmabatho.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and his mother Judick Freeman to 10 years imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years.

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From our gatherings, Bradley Freeman’s mum was sentenced because she was found guilty of money laundering. It was alleged that Bradley Freeman transferred the money from Edu Loan to his mother between 2012 and 2015.

When North West University discovered the transfer, they reported it to the police. That was in June 2015.

Afterwards, the matter was investigated and it led to the dismissal of Bradley Freeman on 26th June 2016. The North West University spokesperson, Louis Jacobs related that the financial officer was subsequently, arrested with his mum.

The arrest follows Hawks’ investigations which authenticated that Mr Freeman stole R17.7 million from student loans.

The investigations revealed that Freeman and his mother had more than R11 million in two different accounts. Also, police seized a Mercedes-Benz ML, BMW M3, Volkswagen Amarok, Ford Ranger, and Volkswagen City Golf from them.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that corrupt activities reported via the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH) have led to the arrest of over 3000 officials.

Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba disclosed this while he was leading a briefing of the Governance and Administration Cluster at the Imbizo Centre on Thursday.

The Minister said:

“A total of 3 600 officials were found guilty of misconduct related to corrupt activities reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline in the public service between 1 September 2004 and 31 January 2017.

The closure rate underscores a commitment by government departments to investigate allegations of corruption as reported through the NACH.”

Minister Gigaba buttressed as itemised:

  1. About 1,700 officials have been dismissed from the public service;
  2. A total of 447 officials were fined, with some of them not receiving a salary for three months;
  3. Some 137 officials were demoted;
  4. 921 officials were given final written warnings, and
  5. 395 officials were prosecuted.

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With the above, Minister Gigaba upheld that the Anti-Corruption Hotline of the Public Service Commission is a proactive tool in fighting corruption.

The Minister also divulged that as at 31 January 2017, 18,778 cases were referred to government departments, and feedback on 17 240, or 92%, cases was received.

“Of the total number of cases referred, 16,947 (90%) cases were closed. The successful investigation of cases of alleged corruption reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline resulted in the recovery of R410 million from perpetrators.

“It is, therefore, evident that the National Anti-Corruption Hotline has yielded positive results, not only in terms of monetary value but also in terms of disciplinary action taken against perpetrators,” asserted the Minister.