TAKE NOTE: The Western Cape government has advised job seekers that trainee advertisements will only be posted in newspapers or the official website. Image: Arrive Alive
Cape Town - An advertisement for Western Cape Traffic Officer learnerships placed on Gumtree and asking for a R150 “application fee” is a scam, says the Western Cape government.
The advertiser calls himself/herself Violet Naidoo and uses a Gmail address. The person claims to own a 100% black-owned recruitment company with a mandate from the Department of Transport and Public Works to recruit candidates for training.
Members of the public are advised that the Department never makes use of any agency to recruit candidate traffic officers, and that no application fees are ever payable. Advertisements for trainee traffic officers only ever appear in newspapers and the Western Cape Government's website.
Read the original statement here.
The only entity with any authority to recruit and train provincial traffic officers is the Department’s Gene Louw Traffic College, claims the WCape government.
The Department was alerted to this scam by an aspiring traffic officer who wanted to verify whether the Gumtree advertisement was legitimate.
The applicant said that he had applied to become a traffic officer three times, having passed two out of three tests. He was willing to pay the application fee if indeed it would give him a chance to be considered again.
The advertiser informed the aspirant officer had been shortlisted for an interview to take place within December for places in a training course due to commence in January 2016.
In fact, the Department’s next intake of trainees will take place in mid-2016, and official advertisements will be placed closer to the time.
Members of the public are requested to alert the Gene Louw Traffic College on 021 983 1500 to report any similar attempts to defraud hopeful job seekers. The matter has been reported to the provincial and national fraud and corruption combating authorities.
Below are screenshots of the fake ad on Gumtree: