Warning against job scams

The Acting Regional Commissioner of Correctional Services Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West (LMN) region, Mr Kenneth Mthombeni, is appealing to the public to be aware of job scams on social media inviting the public to apply for the Learnership Programme to become Correctional Officials.
Mr Mthombeni said a disturbing number of cases have been reported involving scammers who rob the public by promising bogus jobs and learnership opportunities in the Department of Correctional Services. He said it is concerning to note that fraudsters prey on innocent job seekers asking for various amounts for job applications and uniforms.

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Mr Mthombeni has warned job fraudsters that this practice is illegal and they will face criminal charges if found. He encouraged the public and the victims of the scam to come forward and report these bogus job advertisements and other illegal and criminal acts to the nearest South African Police Services.
“Applying for jobs in Correctional Services and in the public sector is free, and anyone asking for money is committing a crime and must be reported to the authorities”.

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The public is encouraged to immediately report such incidents to the Human Resources unit of the Regional Office at 012 306 2112/2000, to assist with the investigations, or report the matter to the government anti-corruption hotline 0800 701 701”.
Acting Regional Commissioner Mthombeni advised the public that, for any available vacancies or learnership opportunities, Correctional Services uses the mainstream media, the website of the Department of Public Services Administration (DPSA), as well as the DCS internal email notices to advertise vacancies. He also urged the public to verify with the nearest Correctional Services office (HR Office) about job advertisements.

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