The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has warned the public of another recruitment scam, this time targeting new members for the Military Skills Development System (MSDS).
In a statement today the SANDF said a false recruitment scam was doing the rounds on social media on the recruitment of new members for the Military Skills Development System. “The SANDF has not issued any advertisement with regard to the recruitment of new members yet. The advertisement for 2018 recruitment will be published on the Sunday newspapers on 21 January 2018 and on the Daily Sun newspaper on Monday, 22 January 2018,” it said.
“The SANDF neither sells application forms nor uses recruitment agencies,” the statement said.
Military recruitment scams have become part and parcel of the wider South African employment landscape. Similar military recruitment scams have previously been run in Western Cape, aimed specifically at the SA Navy and in Mpumalanga and North West provinces. In one of the previous scams, the operators “guaranteed” entry to the ranks of the SANDF on payment of amounts ranging from R300 to R1 000.
One of the biggest scams of 2017 occurred when a former SA Defence Force (SADF) private, Petrus Ndaba, claimed he was the leader of ‘Amabutho Royal Defence’ and lured around 260 people between 18 and 30 years of age from KwaZulu-Natal to Gauteng with the promise of joining the SANDF.
The victims allegedly paid up to R800 for registration and a further R1 800 for training as well as another R200 a month since arriving in Gauteng in late 2016 before the scam was revealed in mid-2017 and Ndaba arrested. Indications are they underwent at least some military training and took part in “a military manoeuvres rehearsal”. Ndaba had apparently also said they would get positions in the defence force and earn a salary of R13 000 a month.
The SANDF has its own central recruitment office, based in Pretoria, and makes use of various provincial and national exhibitions and shows, such as the Rand and Bloemfontein shows, for career and recruitment displays and information sessions. The SANDF uses national newspapers and its own website to advertise recruitment opportunities and does not charge citizens to apply for service.
The 2018 MSDS programme got underway at the weekend when 1 552 recruits reported for duty.
If members of the public want more information on MSDS recruitment, they are advised to contact the SANDF’s Lieutenant Colonel Kenanao Lobelo on 012 339 5626 or Lieutenant Colonel Rudi Oesthuizen on 012 339 5440.