The SA National Defence Force warned on Tuesday against a bogus recruitment company for soldiers.
Brig-Gen Xolani Mabanga said the group, Amabutho Royal Defence, was operating in the Western Cape areas such as Wellington, Worcester, Paarl, Ceres and Robertson as well as the Cape Flats, soliciting money from potential applicants.
The group was posing as a recruitment agency of the SANDF and was mobilising the youth.
“Such perpetrators lure innocent victims from churches and schools over weekends and falsely demand the victims to pay an amount of R700 for transportation to Pretoria and a T-shirt.”
The potential recruits have also been promised a salary of R13,300 including an opportunity to study further.
“The SANDF categorically asserts that recruitment process is free and no amount of money is required for application.”
He said the SANDF advertised its application forms annually in national newspapers as well as on its websites.
Members of the public were encouraged to report any person or persons who demand money from them with the promise of employment into the SANDF, to their nearest police stations or SANDF units or bases.