Ma­tric hoax call con­demned

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THE DEPART­MENT of So­cial Devel­op­ment yes­ter­day slammed a hoax call made to the Gen­der-Based Vi­o­lence Com­mand Cen­tre by a pre­sen­ter from a Joburg community ra­dio sta­tion pos­ing as a dis­tressed ma­tric­u­lant. Spokesper­son Lumka Oliphant said the in­ci­dent was un­for­tu­nate as the time wasted on the hoax call could’ve been used con­struc­tively to as­sist a pupil or peo­ple who re­ally needed the sup­port. She said the caller told the so­cial worker that she didn’t see her name in a news­pa­per and thought she had failed. “In a calm and pro­fes­sional man­ner, the so­cial worker was heard ad­vis­ing the caller to call the num­ber pro­vided by the Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion as a cred­i­ble source and not rely solely on the news­pa­per.” – ANA

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