Unemployment in South Africa has been a double-edged blade for those unfortunate enough to suffer from it. An anonymous reader has come forward to tell their story of how an alleged scam artist used a learnership opportunity to steal funds from unsuspecting victims.
An anonymous reader has approached us with a heartbreaking story of how unemployed youths are allegedly taken advantage of in their quest to find work.
Precious* says that she hopes to save other job hunters from suffering at the hand of a scam artist, who is reportedly operating under the guise of offering learnerships in the T-shirt printing industry.
The man, who cannot be named until his conviction, has allegedly scammed more than 150 youths in Krugersdorp, offering them a job with a catch.
The man had reportedly approached the local municipality, telling them that he has opportunities in his company for young people who wished to learn skills in the printing industry.
A stipend of R3 500 was on the table, an appealing offer for any unemployed person, but they would quickly learn that there was a catch.
The man allegedly asked his interns to recruit customers and according to Precious, he had happily taken the money ( almost R120 000 allegedly) and has now disappeared with it.
Precious says that this has left already desperate people in an even more vulnerable position:
" We haven't heard anything he robbed poor people, that are desperate to feed their families and we haven't received our money back. We were promised that the municipality will find him and he has to refund us our money since then we don't have our money ."
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A case has been opened at the Krugersdorp Police Station. The South African Police Service have yet to respond to a request for comment.
* Sources name has been changed to protect their identity.
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