The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has condemned the recent surge in jobs-for-money scams following a report in which 220 youths were kidnapped in Tshwane after responding to suspicious advertisements on social media.
According to initial investigations, the young people were all promised jobs in security companies and military outfits by a man claiming to be a colonel in the SANDF. The man then proceeded to kidnap male and females between the ages of 18 and 30 under the false pretence of employment.
“The man collected an undisclosed amount of money from the unsuspecting parents of the victims”, said the Department of Social Development in a statement following the rescue operation. “The young people are reported to have been stranded next to Wonder Par Shopping complex since last week”.
The SANDF remains adamant that it does not utilise group or public recruitment and warns against social media posts which deliberately aim to misguide the public.