eThekwini warns on cash for jobs
eTHEKWINI municipality has warned job seekers against paying con artists money in exchange for jobs at the municipality.
The call follows several complaints that the ombudsperson and head of the investigations unit has been receiving, municipal spokesman Thabo Mofokeng said.
Mofokeng said all the complainants had applied for jobs the municipality had advertised.
"They allege that after submitting a job application, someone would call them pretending to work for the city. This person would then make reference to the job application and promise that they would ensure that the applicant gets the job for a fee," he said.
Mofokeng said people had been asked to pay between R2,000 and R6,000, with the swindler usually asking that the money be paid through the money markets operated by chain stores.
"After paying, the applicants never see or hear from the swindler again. Needless to say, they don't get the jobs either," Mofokeng said.
Head of the municipality's corporate human resources unit Dave Cloete said job seekers were also being approached and asked to pay money in exchange for jobs through internal connections.
"We wish to clarify that there are no jobs for sale and the community is requested to follow the correct procedures when applying for a job," Cloete said.
"Any applicant who pays to secure a job is engaging in an unlawful act.
"All these incidents are currently under investigation," Cloete added.