- A whopping 12 000 candidates applied to 120 available police jobs in Cape Town
- The job will entail a grueling training process, during which time candidates will receive a paltry R4 000 a month
- Some have pointed to this an example of how desperate many citizens are to find work
12 000 people have applied for jobs with Cape Town's Metro Police.
There are only 120 positions available.
The top 1 000 applicants will have to take a series of physical tests over 12 days, after which the finalists will be selected.
This means that only about one percent of those who apply for the job will be successful. This comes as the latest unemployment stats have shown that joblessness increased in the second quarter of 2009, putting unemployment at its highest levels since 2008.
Those who are accepted will also need to undergo training as well, during which time they will receive a monthly allowance of R4 000, according to The Citizen. This training will include a 12-month traffic learnership and a six-month municipal policing qualification.
Many have cited this an example of how desperate many South Africans are to find employment. Reportedly, sources inside the police say that some of the job applicants arrive to training without having eaten breakfast, as they are forced to wake up so early to commute to the training grounds.
"The number of applications is astounding and speaks to the need for gainful employment," said JP Smith, who is a member of Cape Town's mayoral committee for safety.
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