a bogus lecturer in Katutura, Richard Mungendje, had to hide in a freezer when police kicked his door open after students reported his scam last week.
He rents an office at Zanele Mbeki Pre-Primary School in Grysblok where he offers training courses on waitressing.
He preys on out-of-sorts and desperate youths.
Each student paid N$600 at the beginning of last month which was supposed to cover enrolment and book fees.
He promised them job attachments at Hilton Hotel and Kalahari Sands Hotel upon completion. At the end of the month, there were no certificates but learners consoled themselves that they would still have their job attachments as earlier promised.
At the beginning of this month, he told a group of learners to show up at the Hilton Hotel but he failed to pitch up.
Matters reached a boiling point when students could not find their lecturer for an explanation.
“We showed up at Hilton Hotel last week, only to be told that they (management) didn’t know what we were talking about,” said one of the students, Vijanda Kauraisa, 20.
When they couldn’t get hold of him via his mobile phone, they reported their predicament to the police.
“He was nowhere to be found and police had to force themselves into his house, only to find him hiding in a freezer,” said another student, Ingenesia Hiakaere.
She added, he was arrested and questioned for four hours and then released on condition that he refunds the students on the 30th of August.
When reached for comment, Mungendje, who claimed to have a diploma in Tourism and Hospitality, said his business is legit though failed to produce any documents.
“I’m like a messiah. I’m here to change lives. I’m helping out these people to get jobs,” he said.
He claimed, his papers to operate the institution had expired without his knowledge and he had to renew them last week.
He denied being found in the freezer and claimed most of the students still needs his help, “I was not found in the freezer, they found me on my bed, which was next to the freezer where we keep meat.” He said he will refund some of the students and award the others with certificates.
Ironically, some students still believe in the scam and are hopeful of getting their certificates.
“I don’t want my money back, I want my certificate and I believe that he will be able to give them to us,” said a Joseph Siku.