KZN Social Development warns against job scams

KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza has warned job seekers about scam artists posing as government officials and selling jobs to unsuspecting members of the public.

In a statement, the department warned that there was a group of people calling desperate and unsuspecting job seekers and promising them jobs in the department in return for R9,000.

The scammers are said to be targeting residents of the southern cluster regions including Ugu, Harry Gwala and Umgungudlovu districts.

“Their modus operandi is to contact individuals and parents of job seekers and induce them to pay in order to secure employment for their children,” the department said.

Khoza urged people to be very careful of criminals promising them jobs, stressing that government jobs are not for sale.

“We would not ask job seekers to pay for a job in the department. In the department, we follow a fair and transparent recruitment process where jobs are advertised in newspapers and other public platforms. people are then invited to apply for jobs and go through the interview process,” Khoza said.

She reiterated that no fee has to be paid to obtain permanent government employment.

“We are very concerned that these [scammers] trick desperate people into paying money via instant money transfer in stores to mobile number, send cash and e-wallet to get jobs,” said Khoza.

The MEC has called on all victims of the scam to immediately open criminal files with the police, while the department is also considering ways to deal with the case.

“We will be working closely with SAPS to ensure that we provide investigators with all the information they need to track down these criminals as they scam the desperate, tarnishing the department’s image.

“We urge anyone who has been scammed to give full information to law enforcement so the criminals can be caught,” Khoza said.

She further urged communities to be wary of individuals asking them to pay for jobs.

“The department advertises in newspapers, including on its website, when there are jobs available. At no time will government officials ask job seekers to pay.

“We encourage people to follow all appropriate channels when posting jobs through these trusted outlets,” she said.

Khoza said the department received detailed phone records where one of the scammers chased a job seeker to deposit money immediately, in order to get a job with the department.

(With contributions from the South African government press release)

Joel C. Hicks