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tshwane thumb100 The Citizen reports that a fake SMS promising Tshwane residents jobs resulted in over 4,000 people showing up yesterday at the Akasia Community Hall, north of Pretoria, with the hope of being employed by the end of the day.  

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga was also at the centre, but to conduct an extended public works programme (EPWP) lottery and select more beneficiaries for work opportunities in various projects across the city.  The lottery will select 1,250 beneficiaries who are all registered with the EPWP.  Msimanga said they only sent an SMS to people who were registered, but did not say people must come to the hall.  But, a fake SMS “was sent out to people afterwards to get transport and come here to get employed.”  People from all over Tshwane – including Soshanguve, GaRankuwa and Mabopane – arrived in private and public transport from early Tuesday morning.  At 3pm more people were still arriving at the venue.  Mayoral spokesperson Sam Mgobozi implied the SMS was sent by the DA city government’s opposition and said it was “disgusting”.

  • Read this report by Virginia Keppler in full at The Citizen

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