Correctional Services warn about job scam

2016-05-13 06:00
At the forum Kokstad Management Area Commissioner Eric Mfenqe (left) and Ntombizodwa Sibutha, co-ordinator of development and care in the Kokstad Management Area. Photos: Siphelele Nketo

At the forum Kokstad Management Area Commissioner Eric Mfenqe (left) and Ntombizodwa Sibutha, co-ordinator of development and care in the Kokstad Management Area. Photos: Siphelele Nketo

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DEPARTMENT of Correctional Services is warning people about “money for jobs” scams that are currently doing the rounds.
This warning was highlighted as a concern by Zacharias Zimema, head of Ebongweni Correctional Centre during a stakeholder’s forum last Thursday.

The forum was called to introduce Kokstad Management Area Commissioner Eric Mfenqe to stakeholders, which include SAPS, social development, health, traffic police, education and the Greater Kokstad Municipality.

Zimema told stakeholders that the department does not “sell” jobs to unemployed people.
“These suspicious people keep phoning people around the country and lie about job opportunities in the department and want money to be deposited into their bank account [in order­ to secure a job].”

He told stakeholders to be vigilant about the scam, which is a major concern in Kokstad.

Addressing stakeholders after five months in office in Kokstad, Mfenqe­ said the Department of Correctional services does not work alone.
“The department needs a collective relationship with stakeholders to make things easy. If the department wants to release inmates through parole­, we should consult society and police. We cannot work alone.
“The prison keeps high profile inmates that are unmanageable in other areas. As a result we need police to escort our officials when inmates go to court.”

Mfenqe said security measures are in place to prevent incidents such as the one that occurred at Mthatha High Court where an awaiting trial prisoners, Sakumzi Mvoko and his co-accused Yandisa Bila, tried to escape in 2014. Mvoko and Bila were shot and killed inside the High Court premises after shooting a warden.

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