Police have called on job seekers and members of the public to come forward with any information following the arrest and court appearance of 31 year-old Makhosonke Ernest Mlangetsha for allegedly scamming people.
Mlangetsha appeared at the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates court on Friday 26 February for allegedly defrauding unsuspecting job seekers, by making them pay money in exchange for non-existing jobs at government departments.
“Job seekers should not pay money in exchange for jobs especially because government departments don’t require money for any vacancies, ” police said in a statement.
During the course of the investigation, the SAPS found that Mlangetsha committed similar crimes in Limpopo, where trails of information emerged around the investigation and led the Limpopo police to Ga-rankuwa where he was later arrested.
“It emerged that the suspect who at times posed as a priest might have other outstanding crimes or cases in other provinces, the suspect has been remanded in custody for further investigation and possible bail hearing”, police said in a statement.
The police have encouraged the general public who have fallen prey to such scams to come forward with any information that might help build a solid case that will stand in court.
Mlangetsha is expected to make his second court appearance at the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates court on the 10th of March 2021. Furthermore, the police have urged residents to report any suspicious activities on 08600 10111 or to use the My SAPS app which can be downloaded on any smartphone.