The public has been urged to be vigilant against fraudsters who advertise non-existent jobs and learnership opportunities at the Department of Correctional Services on various social media platforms.
The fraudsters apparently request administrative fees of R150 or more for securing jobs at the department.
The people mentioned in the fraudulent advertisements are not on the database of correctional officials and are unknown to the department.
National Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise said applying for jobs in Correctional Services and in the public sector is free, and anyone asking for money is breaking the law.
“We would therefore wish to warn members of the public and job seekers to be vigilant against falling prey to these scams.
“They should immediately report such icidents to the human resources unit of the department at 012 305 2000, to assist with the current investigations, or report the matter to the government anti-corruption hotline 0800 701 701,” said National Commissioner Modise.
He explained that all vacancies or learnership opportunities would be advertised using mainstream media, the Department of Public Services Administration (DPSA) website, as well as the internal email notices.
The National Commissioner warned the perpetrators of the scam that they will face the full might of the law.
He appealed to the public to assist law enforcement agencies currently investigating the advertisements and other related illegal acts.
Legislation compels anyone with information on a corrupt and fraudulent activity or transaction to immediately report the matter, or they could also be charged with a criminal act for colluding in corrupt activities through silence.