A LARGE group of local women’s dreams of becoming auxiliary nurses and auxiliary social workers have been shattered by a ‘medical trainer’s’ fraudulent activities.

A woman, who claimed to provide training in the health sector, took registration fees from young hopefuls who hoped to build futures for themselves in the medical fields, but then didn’t deliver on the training.

One hopeful, who had allegedly paid R5 000 in registration fees, approached the ProGroup Foundation after months of telephoning and calling on the owner of the training school to find out when classes would begin, but to no avail.

The Foundation investigated and found 18 other women who said they had paid thousands in registration fees but no training was forthcoming. The ProGroup Foundation – a human rights organisation – is now explaining the rights of those who had been affected and is now helping them to build cases against the owner of the school.

The owner, whose base of operations is in Tzaneen, was taken into custody last Monday and released after giving her statement. No court date has been set yet and police investigations continue.

The ProGroup Foundation urges all people who wish to further their education to first find out if an institution is SETA accredited. Callers should advise the SETA of the institution’s accreditation number and it will then be determined if the institution is accredited and what it is accredited for.

According to the ProGroup Foundation, in this case the institution is not accredited with the HWSETA and charges of theft and fraud could, consequently, be laid.

The Foundation asks for anyone to come forward if they suspect to be a victim of a scam.

Contact Mahlatswa Serumula, the project manager of the ProGroup Foundation, on 015 307 2762 or the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Moses Chauke on 078 964 4113. The health and welfare SETA can be contacted on 011 607 6900.