JOBS FOR SALE!
By: Ziningi Dlamini
In most corners in town you come across posters written “Young and Unemployed? Want to earn R3000 a week? Looking for job at 4 hours a day? Today is your lucky day call this
These are some of the convincing questions yet unbelievable.
They are usually seen on posters in town or on social networks about job opportunities that turns out to be scams.
Scammers will try to extract information or money in advance from the victims, by promising that they will get those jobs.
The scammer will then request that the job seeker makes an appearance at their office a few days later.
Once the job seeker arrives for his new position at “their office”, the receptionist will deny any job opportunities.
“Someone called me and said that I have found a job yet I never applied for that post.
They told me to come to Smith Street, I can’t recall the office number, so I went only to find out that I had to pay R250 before the interview.
I was desperate so I paid R200, and they told me I will hear from them, even now I’m still waiting,” said a scam victim, Zonke Makhoba.
Others are walking scammers, like a guy who calls himself Muzi Hlongwana, who claims to be a Christian. Hlongwana says that he is sent by his church to help people.
Has been going around Durban streets, promising people about jobs at the harbor, telling them to give him money to scan before entering the working place.
“I have bumped into him twice at town, offering me a job.
When I told him I have met him before, he got aggressive. I turned for help to people passing by, but the time I took a second
look he had vanished into thin air,” said Nokwethemba Mbatha, a student at Durban University of Technology.
According to Constable Mike Dlala, the department of safety and security is doing all they can.
They are sending the South African Police Services (SAPS), to monitor and keep the targeted streets in the areas safe.
The police’s concerns are that people keep bribing these job agencies even though they have been warned about them.
“It’s almost every day that you find someone crying because they have been robbed, but people continue investing their money in these fraudsters. We are not super humans, and we
cannot take care of them individually people have to learn not to trust strangers,” said Dladla.
However there are reliable websites where you can get legit job posts. People can look at Career24, Gumtree and other sites. These sites are very specific about job qualifications,
salaries, work descriptions and benefits.