Alleged fraudster arrested at the last moment

MALALANE – According to the Malalane SAPS spokesman, Sgt Bheki Nkosi, Nkosingiphile Mnisi allegedly started a false recruitment campaign for RCL Foods interns in October. He invited youth who had just graduated matric to apply and charged R1 500 upfront for transportation to the training college in Durban.

He managed to recruit 13 people and they boarded a taxi on Sunday morning, March 19. One of the parents got suspicious and phoned RCL to confirm whether they knew about the internship.

RCL Foods told the parent that no recruitment of interns was being done and no transport had been arranged.

The police were notified and they swiftly planned and executed a sting operation. One of the victims in the taxi was contacted to get the group’s whereabouts and police intervened while they were at a local shopping centre buying refreshments for the trip.

A case of fraud was opened at the Malalane Police Station.

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Mnisi appeared in the Tonga Magistrate’s Court and was released on R1 000 bail on Monday. He is scheduled to reappear in court in the near future for the continuation of the trial.

Community members are urged to verify any job offers or internships with the company, not just the offer’s contact person.

If an offer seems suspicious, visit preventionversuscure.com. The website aims to put a stop to human trafficking and will check whether an offer is safe and valid before you accept. All you need to do is fill in a form with your contact details and everything you know about the offer. This will also help avoid others from falling for the same scam.

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Retha Nel

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