Police in Gauteng conducted an operation on Friday to verify the status of the five collegs before demanding for their closure.
The institutions and their directors were identified as: Victory Training College headed by HM Mukasa, a Ugandan national; Shepperd Academy, headed by LE Dolo, a South African citizen, Health Academy Institution, headed by D Nxumalo also a South African and Central College of Business and Computer Studies, headed by I Anye, a Zimbabwean.
“Police visited five institutions in Pretoria and discovered that only one of them was registered according to the Department of Higher Education database,” said Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa in a statement.
He said illegal institutions had a detrimental effect on South Africa’s education system.
“But more importantly we view such practices as pure criminality. Such acts are unconstitutional and tantamount to thuggery and law enforcement agencies will be tough on these scoundrels, who are driven by greed ,” said Mthethwa.