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mpumaTimeslive reports that Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Musa Maimane accompanied two job seekers to a police station on Thursday to lay criminal charges against a Mpumalanga Department of Health official.  

The job seekers have accused the official of asking for sex in return for work.  Mpumalanga News reported on Sunday that the two women accused the official of allegedly having repeated sex escapades with them in exchange for work at Rob Ferreira Hospital in Mbombela.  The report stated that for the past seven years the two job seekers have been exploited by the official without the promises of work he had made to them coming to fruition.  The DA said in a statement:  “Access to jobs is a serious issue in our country, as almost 10 million South Africans struggle daily to find work.  This has led to the pervasive practice of ‘carpet interviews’, whereby vulnerable women are made to act against their will in order to find work and to put food on the table for their families.  This is corruption and abuse of power of the highest order and must be eradicated once and for all.”  A statement from the department reportedly accused the women of attempting to bribe the official with R3,500.  The women, however, denied the accusation.

  • Read this report by Makhosandile Zulu in full at The Citizen

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