FROM WEAVES TO TEARS: R14 MILLION STUDENT GETTING THERAPY AFTER SPENDING SPREE

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For a short while Sibongile Mani was the queen bee of her own celebrity bubble.

Miss ManiBags and her posse swaggered around wearing expensive weaves, showing off iPhone 7s and other signals of success. Mani is accused of wearing a R3,000 Peruvian weave and arriving at lectures in designer clothes.

Her political opponents at the university let the cat out of the bag. Mani’s bank account had ballooned from a R1,400-a-month student loan to R14-million – and she was spending it like Grace Mugabe.

Although Mani now claims she alerted authorities to the surprise bonanza, records show that she immediately grabbed her bank card and embarked on a spending spree that amounted to R11,000 a day.

Mani is now heavily in debt and facing possible criminal charges.

After promising to speak to the Sunday Times, the baby-faced student activist claimed – in a soft, quivering voice – that she was not well. She then broke down in tears before fleeing.

In an SMS she later informed the Sunday Times that she was seeing a psychologist to help her through the trauma.

Read full story: https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/news/2017-09-02-from-weaves-to-tears-r14m-student-getting-therapy-after-spending-spree/

 

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