Watch out for ‘inspector’

2016-07-20 06:00

THE Department of Labour has learnt of the illegal activities of an individual impersonating a legitimate labour inspector. This bogus inspector visits workplaces to conduct illegal inspections and thereafter issues employers with illegitimate inspection reports and contravention notices.

Unsuspecting employers are coerced and intimidated by this deceitful individual into believing that they are to face the music and the full might of the law if they do not give in to his demands.

“This person called me and demanded that I deposit money into his bank account and buy him some groceries for him not to pursue me any further on the finding of his inspection,” alleged one of the employers who nearly became one of this crook’s victims.

Though he may be using different names, this villain has already introduced himself as Jerry to two farmers and claims to be based at the Reddersburg post office in the Xhariep district of the Free State.

All employers should take note of the activities of these bogus labour inspectors which have been souring the working relationship between the Department of Labour, employers and employees in various sectors of our economy.

“We urge all employers and employees to be wary of this individual and report him to the relevant authorities should they suspect any form of misdemeanour at play. Labour inspectors always carry their identity cards and should be able to produce those prior to the inspection,” warned Nomfundo Douw-Jack, acting chief director of provincial operations at the Department of Labour.

The department assures employers and employees that they are hot on the heels of this criminal and will ensure that he is brought to book.

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