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DENOSA warns nurses of a scam to extort money from job-seeking nurses under pretext of securing employment for a R5000 upfront fee

Media statement   

Wednesday, 12 February 2020


The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to warn all nurses out there, especially those who are unemployed and desperately looking for work, to be careful of the new scam where a person targets those who are desperate and offer them employment at a fee of R5000, because there are no such opportunities. 

A person purporting to be a professional nurse on Facebook is enticing nurses who are looking for work desperately and promise them employment at Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. Some nurses from as far as Eastern Cape have been enquiring from the same person who requires a payment of a R5000 deposit before the nurses can be employed under the pretext that they will pay a further R5000 upon employment, which is a strategy to bring a moment of lull upon her victims as this employment never materialize. She would then disappear without any trace.    

DENOSA would like to reiterate that in any legitimate employment application process, there is not a single cent that is required from the applicant in order to get the post. This ruthless person is taking advantage of the fact that thousands of nurses are sitting at home looking for work. And government is creating this opportunity for nurses to be robbed because of its lethargy in employing qualifying nurses at the time when shortage of nurses in facilities is at its highest.

DENOSA would like to call on those who suspect that they are being recruited into a position on condition that they pay a certain fee to contact the DENOSA provincial office in KwaZulu-Natal. 

DENOSA shop stewards have been made aware of this and regional leaders are busy tracking the suspect. Any nurse who can assist in identifying the person is requested to contact DENOSA office urgently so that law enforcement agencies can be involved. The Telephone number is: 031 305 1417 

Furthermore, DENOSA calls on government once again to speed up the process of employing unemployed nurses because rogue individuals are making use of this malaise on government’s part by robbing innocent and desperate nurses – which is double victimization. 

From DENOSA KwaZulu-Natal 

For any information, contact:

Mandla Shabangu, DENOSA KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Secretary

Mobile: 071 643 3369