ON Friday, a 33-year-old woman nearly died after she was attacked by desperate job seekers.
It seems they had paid her a lot of money for jobs she couldn’t provide.
The woman from Wedela, Carletonville in the Merafong City Municipality was rescued by police and taken to Carletonville Hospital. Her house was badly damaged and furniture was destroyed.
A 26-year-old woman said she was hired to recruit people and collect money from them. She was asked to get 20 drivers and 35 cleaners. “The fee for cleaners was R1 000 and for drivers it was R2 500,” she said.
The woman said people who didn’t have money were supposed to pay half and the rest would follow after they started working.
She said the angry job seekers also raided her house and took her furniture. She added that she is also unemployed.
“I was trying to help myself and the community,” she said.
She claimed she didn’t know she was taking part in a scheme to rob people. She said the people were told they would start working at the end of October but didn’t get the jobs.
“The people demanded their money back,” she said.
Last week residents went to the local cop shop, where they met with the woman.
One of the scammed people, Dekeledi Modibedi (38) said: “If we opened a case we would never get our money back. My husband is working but I wanted to bring in some money. It is worse for people who don’t have any income.”
Captain Mankontsho Setlhare said they have opened cases of public violence and malicious damage to property.
“The husband was also assaulted and has opened a case.”