South African authorities have arrested a former South African National Defence Force (SANDF) General for suspicion of human trafficking following the rescue of more than 200 young people in Tshwane who fell prey to a jobs-for-cash scam.
The suspect, according to initial investigations, placed advertisements on social media promising security and military related employment to young people aged 18- 30 in exchange for various cash payments.
“They reportedly paid R300 for their registration, R1800 for training and R200 a month for lodging since the previous year”, reads a statement by SANDF.
The man, known as General Ndaba, was arrested by Akasia Police and will appear before the courts for charges of fraud as well.
The victims claim that Ndaba offered “workshops” that would lead to integration into the SANDF.
The SANDF has reiterated that they do not offer integration programs since the 1990s and that no middle-structure for recruitment exists within the entity.