17 January 2013

South Africa: Seshego FET College Students Urged to Come Forward

Pretoria — Limpopo police have appealed to previous and current students of the Seshego FET College to report to their nearest police station to submit their details.

This comes after the three suspects who were arrested for allegedly running the bogus FET college appeared in the Seshego Magistrate Court on Wednesday.

The college owner, Hangwani Joseph Mukwevho, 57, his wife Olebile Monica Mukwevho, 45, and accomplice Avhapfani Dalton Mululuma, 31, were remanded in custody to allow for further police investigation.

They will appear again on 25 January 2013.

"Police are appealing to all previous and current students of the college to report to their nearest police station to furnish the police with the following particulars: full names, Identity Document number, contact details and place of residence. This is to broaden the investigation and allow the police to have a database of students who have been ripped-off," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi on Wednesday.

He said the Hawks in Limpopo had closed down the Seshego FET College in Zone 7, Seshego, and its branch at 75 Church Street, Polokwane, on Monday.

"The trio's arrest was as a result of investigations which were initiated after students went to the Department of Education to enquire whether the college was registered with the department or not.

"After establishing that the college was not registered, the department alerted the police whose thorough investigation led to the closure of both campuses and the subsequent arrest of the three," said Brigadier Mulaudzi.

During the arrest, a total R69 250 was found at the campuses. R54 700 was seized at the main campus in Seshego, whilst the balance of R14 550 was at the administrator's desk in the Polokwane campus.

Computers with student information, bank receipts indicating that students have paid and other registers were seized for investigation purposes.

The Polokwane campus also does business under a different name of TT FET College in the same building.

The Seshego FET College has been in operation for the past 12 years whereas the Polokwane outlet only started its operation in 2012.

The Deputy Provincial Commissioner responsible for Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations, Major General Dibero Molatjana, urged all students to ascertain with the department of education if the college they are about to register with is a legitimate one or a fly-by-night.

"We are on a mission to clamp down on all bogus institutions. Students must not lose money but verify the legitimacy of a school before paying the money. We salute the students who heeded to our call and contacted the education department to verify the status of the college which we have shut down," Molatjana said.

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