Traffic cop learnership advert a fake

2016-01-19 18:07
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Johannesburg - An advertisement which has been circulating on social media about learnerships offered by the traffic department is fake, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Tuesday.

The job advertisement was shared scores of times by individuals on Facebook - as well as what is believed to be a government group called Government Jobs, Learnership, Internships & Bursaries SA, which advertises jobs offered in the government sector.

The group later removed the post from its page.

RTMC spokesperson Luthando Ngilana warned desperate job seekers not to fall for the fake advert, which used RTMC/TT/2016 as a reference number. The closing date for applications on the advert was Friday March 30 2016.

"The Road Traffic Management Corporation wishes to inform members of the public that we totally distance ourselves from this bogus advert. Currently, the RTMC has no vacancies for traffic officer learnerships. The anti-corruption unit is busy investigating the bogus advert," said Ngilana.

The advertisement reads: "Road Traffic Management Corporation has a Learnership Opportunity. If you younger than 35, with a drivers license and in good health make sure you do not miss this opportunity to apply for their Learnership.

"Requirements A Matric / Senior certificate (minimum) A valid Code B driver's licence South African citizen No criminal record Please Note: Applicants must not be older than 35 years and should be in good health."

The advertisement also stated that applicants would be subjected to psychometric testing, a driving skills assessment, as well as physical fitness assessment during the recruitment, selection and enlistment process.

The advertiser was not calling for any payment to accompany the application.

Nevertheless, Ngilana  called on anyone who may have fallen victim to a scam related to the advertisement to immediately report the incident to the nearest South African Police Service Station or contact the RTMC anti-fraud unit on 012 999 5200.

He urged anyone serious about pursuing a career as a traffic officer to rather approach one of the 13 colleges around the country offering certified courses in this field.

He warned them to steer clear of other training providers who claimed that they could train traffic officers and issue certificates. 

"Only the relevant certificates obtained from the above mentioned 13 colleges can currently be used to register a traffic officer in terms of the National Road Traffic Act," Ngilana said. 

"Prospective learners at these 13 colleges must also be aware that the local or provincial authorities normally pay the training fees directly to the college electronically. Learners must take caution and not pay any individual to secure 'a space' at a traffic training college."

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