Free State government warns of social media job scam

Free State premier Sisi Ntombela. Picture: Gallo Images

Free State premier Sisi Ntombela. Picture: Gallo Images

A social media user has conned people out of as much as R8,000 each by claiming to be from the office of the premier.

The Free State Provincial Government has warned members of the public not to fall victim to a social media scammer, who is promising people jobs in the provincial government in exchange for money and other favours.

The office of the premier has identified a social media user by the name of Mpho Gift who is claiming to be from the office of the premier.

They have not been able to ascertain whether or not that is his real name.

According to the Government News Agency, the individual operates by requesting money, which in some cases amounts to about R8,000, from unsuspecting victims promising them placement in the provincial government.

“The Office of the Premier would like to warn our people that this is but a scam. This individual is running the risk of facing harsh punishment from the criminal justice system and is advised to refrain from his illicit activities. We would like to place it on record that government posts are advertised in the local and national newspapers, other media platforms as well as the Free State Provincial Government website,” said the Free State provincial government in a statement.

They also emphasised that no government official or any other person is allowed to solicit or accept a bribe in exchange for job placements.

“Should our people come across such individuals, they are advised to report them immediately to the law enforcement authorities,” the statement added.

Due to the formal procedures, requirements and proper channels that have been put in place for recruitment processes, the Free State Provincial Government cannot ask for a fee or a certain amount of money in order to place people in jobs.

“We will be approaching the law enforcement authorities for further direction on this matter,” concluded the provincial government.

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