DoD warns about MSDS scam


The Department of Defence and Military Veterans is warning the public about a scam that has surfaced in Mpumalanga province involving candidates who have applied to join the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

The DoD says the perpetrators of the scam are inviting the public to deposit between R100 and R300 into one or more bank accounts with the promise of employment in the SANDF through its Military Skills Development System (MSDS).

“As a result of this fraud, the department has had to cancel a selection process for invited candidates, which was scheduled for October 5 to 9 at Nelspruit in Mpumalanga,” the DoD says in a statement.

“Qualifying candidates were informed as such as well as about the new dates.

“The Department would like to inform the public that it does not cost money to join the SANDF.”

The DoD says it urges the public to report to the police any person or persons who solicits money from them with the promise of a job in the SANDF.