SA police warns against WhatsApp scam

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has warned against the posting of a new recruitment drive on mobile messenger service, WhatsApp as being as scam.

“The South African Police Service (SAPS) has noted with concern that various inaccurate advertisements about the recruitment of new constables are being circulated through the WhatsApp platform and via the website,” it said in a statement.

“The aforementioned advertisements form part of a scam aimed at misleading the public and possibly corruptly attempting to enlist candidates into the SAPS,” it said.

The SAPS said there are currently no posts advertised for police trainees.

The SAPS noted that the status of its current recruitment process is as follows:

  • A total of 1,340 applicants attended the grooming camps (final selection phase) from 22 June 2014 to 4 July 2014.
  • A total of 907 applicants successfully completed the grooming camp assessment. These names were approved by the National Commissioner and were given to the respective Provincial Commissioners on 12 August 2014.
  • These applicants were presented to their communities between 25 to 29 August 2014.
  • The Provincial Police and Community Recruitment Boards will take place from 1 to 5 September 2014.
  • The recommendations from the Boards will be considered by the National Commissioner from 8 to 12 September 2014.
  • Official training will commence on 21 September 2014.

It said that the provisional figure for new police trainees for 2014/2015 is 3,800.

“lt is envisaged that these posts will be advertised during November 201,” the SAPS said, adding that application forms will then be available at local police stations.

The contact details of recruitment officers and offices will be contained in the adverts, the police body said.

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