Never pay to secure employment

2017-05-03 06:00

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JOB seekers are urged to be wary as employment scams are becoming rife.

In a recent incident a case was heard in the Amanzimtoti Magistrate’s Court where an employment seeker reportedly paid R1 500 for a job at Correctional Services.

Earlier this month, eThekwini Municipality released a statement saying the public should under no circumstances pay money in return for employment in the municipality.

According to the municipality, the ombudsman and head of investigations unit have received a number of complaints regarding this issue.

The municipal spokesperson, Thabo­ Mofokeng, explained: “A number of people have approached the ombudsman office to lodge complaints. All these complainants are people who have applied for jobs advertised by the municipality.

“They allege that after submitting the job application, they were called by a person pretending to work for the municipality. This person then makes reference to the job application and offers to ensure the applicant gets appointed, and demands a fee.”

Mofokeng said people have been asked for exorbitant amounts of money.

“Applicants have been charged amounts ranging from R2 000 to R6 000. The scammer usually asks that the money be paid through money markets. After paying the applicants never see or hear from the scammer again. Needless to say they don’t get the job either.”

Applicants are warned that the municipality does not charge any fees for jobs.

Any applicant who pays to secure a job is engaging in an unlawful act. Applicants are warned not to pay anyone for municipal jobs and should report the scammer to the ombudsman immediately.

Job seekers are requested to follow the correct procedures when applying for a job.

Funded, approved vacancies are advertised every second Friday in the municipality’s staff vacancy circular which is placed on municipal notice boards, as well as being published in the municipal publication - Metro eZasegagasini­.

Applications can be submitted via email or to the postal address provided in the advertisement, or hand their application to their nearest Sizakala Centre­.

If you have come across such a scam involving a municipal official or councillor, report it to the city manager or the ombudsman and head of investigation on 0800 20 20 20 or 031 311 4002. - Supplied.




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