Des­per­ate job seek­ers conned

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

HUN­DREDS of un­em­ployed and des­per­ate Ba­sotho continue to fall vic­tim to con­fi­dence trick­sters who continue to con them of hun­dreds of thou­sands of mal­oti on the back of promises of se­cur­ing jobs, the po­lice have said.

Po­lice spokesper­son, Su­per­in­ten­dent Mpiti Mopeli, told the Sun­day Express that they re­cently ar­rested a 33 year-old man from of Ha ’Mathata in Ma­put­soe for al­legedly de­fraud­ing scores of peo­ple of var­i­ous amounts rang­ing from M1000 to M5000.

The sus­pect conned the vic­tims into part­ing with their money on the pre­text that that he was an agent for Letšeng Di­a­monds and he would as­sist them to lease their cars to the mine or se­cure em­ploy­ment there.

Supt Mopeli said they ar­rested the sus­pect on Fri­day af­ter some of his vic­tims had filed com­plaints against him.

“The sus­pect made his vic­tims pay M5000 to be able to lease their cars to the mine and those who wanted jobs were made to part with amounts rang­ing from M1000 to M1500,” Supt Mopeli said.

Supt Mopeli said they also ar­rested 38 year-old woman from Litha­ba­neng in Maseru who al­legedly conned at least 20 un­em­ployed youths of amounts rang­ing from M500 to M1500 on the pre­text of se­cur­ing jobs in the po­lice ser­vice.

Supt Mopeli said al­though 20 peo­ple had re­ported be­ing conned by the sus­pect, ’Mathapelo Lepheane, there could be more vic­tims who are yet to re­port.

“She (Lepheane) al­legedly told her vic­tims that she is not only an in­flu­en­tial mem­ber of the po­lice force but also an agent who re­cruits on be­half of the po­lice,” Supt Mopeli said, ad­ding the sus­pect re­mained in cus­tody as in­ves­ti­ga­tions continue.

“Lepheane also told those who paid her that they would be called for train­ing at the right time.”

Both fraudsters will ap­pear in court on Mon­day.

This is not the first time that peo­ple have been de­frauded by in­di­vid­u­als who take ad­van­tage of the high unem­ploy­ment rate and the des­per­a­tion of job seek­ers es­pe­cially grad­u­ates.

Sup. Mopeli said last year there were some im­pos­tors who claimed to be re­cruit­ing for Liqhobong Mine and Matekane Group of Com­pa­nies (MGC).

Sup. Mopeli ap­pealed to the public not to part with their hard earned money es­pe­cially when there were no ad­ver­tise­ments in that re­gard.

Supt Mopeli fur­ther said that the po­lice had the right chan­nels through which they ad­ver­tised and re­cruited peo­ple.

“While the unem­ploy­ment rate is very high, we ad­vise the public against im­pos­tors who will take their money on the prom­ise of se­cur­ing them jobs. Th­ese im­pos­tors will only fur­ther im­pov­er­ish them,” Supt Mopeli said.

PO­LICE Spokesper­son Su­per­in­ten­dent Mpiti Mopeli.

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