Khanyi Mbau and Lasizwe. Picture: Instagram
Khanyi Mbau and Lasizwe. Picture: Instagram

Khanyi Mbau unhappy with how Lasizwe was treated online due to student fee fund drama

By Jamal Grootboom Time of article published Aug 30, 2021

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Local YouTuber Lasziwe Dambuza addressed criticism regarding the recipients of his “R10 Goes A Long Way” campaign.

Earlier this year, the social media star kicked off an initiative to help tertiary students pay off their tuition fees, raising R1 million in five days after its launch.

Furthermore, he announced that Standard Bank had donated a further R1m towards his campaign's fundraiser.

The campaign urged other people to contribute as little as R10 to the initiative to reach the goal of R1 million.

Bigger companies like KFC donated R50 000 and Pick n Pay donated R10 000, while African Bank pledged R10 000 and 10 laptops to the cause.

Recently, many Twitter users were asking if needy students had received anything from the funds raised yet, with many users asking Lasizwe to give answers for their queries.

Addressing the drama surrounding the fundraising campaign in a video on Saturday. he said: “This is the last time I address this and talk about this. First of all, I’d like to thank every person that contributed to the R10 Goes A Long Way initiative.

“If it wasn’t for your contribution, we would not have raised R2 million.

“Second of all, myself and my team members we are not crowd funders; we’ve never done crowdfunding before, it is our first time.

“And due to it being our first time we said we don’t want to make any mistakes... Let’s partner up with an organisation called Fundi because they have access to universities. They have access to see which students have registered.”

He continued: “We transferred all the money to Fundi’s account and even some companies were waiting for tax clearance and those companies were told (to) transfer that money to Fundi’s account, Fundi would administer everything.”

Furthermore, Lasizwe asked the students who benefited from the initiative to come forward and said while he understands that corruption runs rampant, this was not the case for this initiative. And that because of the reaction he received that he’s considering not doing it again next year.

His sister, Khanyi Mbau, also showed her support for her brother and shared that she’s heartbroken with how he’s being treated online and that Fundi needs to clear up around the recipients.

Following this, Fundi released a statement regarding the distribution of the funds.

Students who received funding from the initiative also stepped forward to say that they have gotten assists from the campaign via Fundi.

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