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'Jobs for sale' suspect arrested at work

By unknown | Feb 27, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Andrew Hlongwane

Andrew Hlongwane

A Mpumalanga switchboard operator was arrested for corruption while she was on duty at the Nelspruit police station in Mpumalanga yesterday.

The 35-year-old woman was arrested following allegations that she was offering jobs for sale in the police force.

She allegedly confessed to police investigators that she had sold about 30 jobs to clients, who paid R2500 each.

She even allegedly confessed that all the money from the clients was deposited into her bank account.

The investigation started in 2003 after a few complainants came to the police station enquiring about the "progress on the promised jobs".

They told police that they had already paid the amount requested by the woman before she could get them jobs as police officers and clerks.

The anti-corruption and organised crime unit followed up on the allegations and nabbed the switchboard operator.

"The woman has made a lot of cash out of the poor people of Nelspruit and the surrounding areas," said the unit's spokesman, Captain Leonard Hlathi.

"Police jobs are not for sale, and we don't know how a switchboard operator can sell jobs to anyone.

"More arrests are expected soon," said Hlathi.

The woman was taken to White River police cells and is expected to appear in the Nelspruit magistrate's court today where she will face corruption charges.


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