Being R14 million richer versus morality

Legal action will be taken against a Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student who failed to disclose an erroneous deposit of R14 million from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) into her account.

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler writes that she knew before the Sibongile Mani matter made headlines last week, that many people don't consider it theft to spend money that accidentally lands in their bank accounts.

She goes on to say having investigated finger-trouble cases she knows men and women of all races and social statuses - from a security guard to more than one business owner who couldn't bring themselves to give back the unexpected windfall they discovered in their bank accounts.

What's interesting to me, is that a lot of South African's have the opinion that if it lands in your bank account, it is yours.

Wendy Knowler, Consumer Journalist at the Times Media Group

I think we've all been guilty of this in one big or small way.

Wendy Knowler, Consumer Journalist at the Times Media Group

As for the moral issue, the quickest way to figure out whether your actions are right or wrong is to ask yourself how you'd feel if someone did that to you says Knowler.

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