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News in brief - Date: 09 January 2021
Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 686
The South African Custodial Management (SACM) company, operating as Kutama-Sinthumule Correctional Centre in Makhado, warned members of the public to watch out for a job scam that is doing the rounds.
According to the managing director, Mr Lazarus Bahula, it came to the prison management's attention on 31 December 2020 that a person or people in the community claim to be the facility's recruitment agent or agents. “This person or people promise unsuspecting people jobs in the prison, at a fee,” said Bahula. “He or they charge R3 000 and request the job seekers to meet with them in town or deposit money at Shoprite, where they then collect the money.”
No one will be appointed at Kutama-Sinthumule Prison without submitting a curriculum vitae and attending an interview. “We want to warn members of the public about this scam. There might be people in and around Louis Trichardt who have become victims of the scam,” he said.
SACM follows standard recruitment procedures when a vacant post arises. “We place an advert in the newspaper that carries our SACM logo, a contact person and a landline number,” he explained. “Then candidates who meet the requirements will be called for interviews, and if they are successful, they will be notified as such.”
According to Bahula, people do not pay to be employed at the facility, either as clerks or correctional officers. “If any person asks for payment, members of the public must know that it is a scam. Such people can be reported at the prison or at the nearest police station,” he concluded.
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.