Hawks warn public against fake officials

Hawks Spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke says Hawks officials are not tasked with recruiting people on the street. Photo: sourced

POLOKWANE – Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke says the Hawks would like to warn the public about bogus Hawks members who are stealing from innocent people under false pretences.

Maluleke says on Thursday, 13 July 2017, a 22 year-old victim visited the offices of the Hawks in Polokwane to look for “Officer Seakamela”, who had promised him employment at the Hawks.

“The victim says he was approached by a man in Polokwane who identified himself as ‘Officer Seakamela’ from the Hawks and told him that he was recruiting people to join the unit.

“The victim further alleged that he was asked to hand over his academic qualifications, laptop and clothes for the selection process, of which he did. Since then, he hasn’t heard from ‘Officer Seakamela’ until he decided to look for him at Hawks offices,” Maluleke explained.

Another victim was cheated of R90 000 in Polokwane, two months ago by bogus Hawks members.

Read more: Polokwane pensioner swindled out of R90 000 by ‘bogus’ officials

“We do not have a Hawks member by the surname of Seakamela in Limpopo and if there are available posts, they will be advertised accordingly,” Maluleke said.

He went on further to say that no Hawks member has been tasked to recruit people on the street or to take people’s personal property.

“If a person identifies him/herself as a Hawks member responsible for recruitment of unadvertised posts, know that you are about to be robbed and that you should contact the police,” he concluded.

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