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Metro police jobs con attracts 400 hopefuls (Date: 11 June 2012 Source: The New Age)

December 31, 2012

Hundreds of desperate job seekers descended on Durban’s Curries Fountain Stadium yesterday morning after receiving hoax messages that the eThekwini Metro Police had embarked on a massive recruitment drive.

Nearly 400 people streamed in and out of the stadium venue throughout the day in the hope of bagging careers in the police force.

Many came from far-flung rural areas of northern and southern KZN.

Some of the hopefuls had seen been lured by messages on Facebook and other social networks while others had been told by friends and relatives.

Dumisani Mtshali and his fiancée were among the firstto arrive. “It has always been my dream to work for the police. When I heard about these opportunities I felt I should be here,” he said.

Another young woman (who was too embarrassed to give her name), said she was angered and disappointed by the hoax messages.

“I heard through my Facebook friends about these opportunities. My heart sank when a police official came and told us there are no vacancies,” she said.

This is not the first time that hoax e-mails and social network messages have led to near stampedes in search of Metro police jobs.

A few months ago another hoax was circulated which resulted in more than 1000 job seekers descending on Metro police headquarters in Durban.

Eugene Msomi, Metro police spokesperson, said their initial investigation into the first incidents resulted in the location of the person who sent the hoax.

“He was not prosecuted because he defended himself by saying that he had been told of the scholarship in various departments within eThekwini municipality, including the Metro police.

“But this time we will not be lenient and we will prosecute those involved. Please note that we never advertise vacancies on social networks. We only advertise in newspapers and staff vacancy circulars, which are all available free of charge in municipal offices,” Msomi said.

Story by:
Chris Makhaye
chrism@thenewage.co.za

Link to original story:
http://www.thenewage.co.za/55855-1010-53-Metro_

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