Councillor sells 'jobs' for R500

2015-06-04 21:16
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Bloemfontein - There’s a councillor in Sasolburg going around selling jobs at R500 each - and then he doesn’t supply the employment paid for by people who often can’t afford it. 

EFF provincial chairperson Kgotso Morapela, came across shocking stories of employment fraud during constituency work in the Free State town and contacted News24 about the issue.

“I’m shocked,” he said. “This is robbery!”

A 65-year-old pensioner, who wanted to remain anonymous out of fear of victimisation, told News24 how the councillor promised him jobs for his children during the municipal strikes earlier in 2015.

On February 1 he paid the councillor R1 000 out his his monthly pension of R1 410, but to this day there has been no sign of the promised employment. 

“When I phone him, he puts the phone down. When I go and see him, he tells me they will get jobs next month,” he said.

A neighbour, who lives three blocks from him, said she met the councillor when he visited her after her house was blown down during a storm. He allegedly said he could organise employment for her son if she paid him R500.

“I told him I don’t have the money, but I would have it at the end of the month.

"When I received my pay, I phoned him. I counted out the money in front of him. It was a Sunday. He said my son can begin working on the Tuesday,” the woman, who is employed as a domestic worker, said. 

When the Tuesday arrived, there was no job. She phoned him, and he said he would phone her back when the job was organised.

In May, he told her he would repay her on the 27th, when he received his salary. But nothing happened.

The next Saturday, he told her to wait while he went to the bank and that he would pay her at 10:00.

“We waited the entire day. The next day we went to his house, but he was drunk.”

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