Scammed Pinetown man warns desperate job seekers

A DESPERATE Pinetown man, who has never had a permanent job, was scammed of R7 500 by a woman who promised him a job at the municipality.

Musa Mthembu (40) said he met the woman, whose name is known to the Highway Mail, through a friend.

“We met at a mall and this woman said I should check for posts in the municipality newspaper and she will help me get it. When we met I had R4 500 with me and she said I should give her a balance of R3 000. I had to borrow money so that I could pay the full amount of R7 500,” said Mthembu.

He said he met with this woman last year and became suspicious when months went by and he was still without a job at the municipality.

“I know it illegal to pay for a job, but desperation got the better of me and I heard that she has helped so many people get a job in the municipality. All my life I have always worked under contracts which last for a year or two.

“I have done courses in operation management and professional business communications to help better my chances of being employable with no luck so when I heard about this chance I just grabbed it,” he said.

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Mthembu said this was a lesson to him and he would like to warn other people about taking short cuts and paying for jobs.

Another victim, who asked not to be named, said she was also scammed by the same woman of R16 000 after being promised a grass cutting tender.

“When we first met, I had the impression she was working with the municipality, but as time went by, I noticed there was something fishy.

“She promised people jobs and tenders. I was very hopeful at first as she was always available when you wanted to meet up with her.

“She told other people to fill in forms and send their CVs through proper channels and she will sort out everything,” said another victim who also wished to remain anonymous.

eThekwini Municipality’s deputy head of communications, Mandla Nsele, said eThekwini Municipality reiterates that municipal jobs are not for sale.

“Numerous cases are reported to the City Integrity and Investigations Unit. We encourage the complainant to please come forward so their case can be verified, and given attention. The municipality would not ask those seeking employment to pay for a job,” he said.

Deputy city manager of human resources, Dumisile Nene, said the municipality follows a fair and transparent recruitment process.

She said their employment policies and practices are committed to developing a multi-cultural and diverse workforce that is non-racist, non-sexist, and non-discriminatory.

She advised job seekers not to respond to false municipal job advertisements where they are asked to pay money to an individual to get a job.

“All eThekwini Municipal job opportunities are advertised on the official website through the City’s online application system on www.durban.gov.za. Jobs are also advertised every fortnight in the Metro Ezasegagasini newspaper, a municipal publication, and in some local newspapers. Those seeking employment are encouraged to apply through these reliable mediums.”

People are urged to report suspicious advertisements or those who approach them with offers of jobs for sale to the Municipality’s City Integrity and Investigations Unit on 080 020 2020 or the South African Police Services on 10111.

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Sanelisiwe Tsinde
Journalist/Photographer

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