CV gang targets the jobless

Everson Luhanga

When two men, sharply dressed and well-spoken, knocked on their door and told the three sisters brightly that they were hiring cleaners to work full time, the family was overjoyed.

But Ntando, Hlengiwe and Thembelihle Ngcobo, as they later became painfully aware, were one of over 20 families who have been the victims of the group called the CV gang.

Thembelihle said she was at home, an RDP house in Braamfischerville in Soweto, with her unemployed mother on Saturday when two men driving an old white Toyota Corolla knocked on their door. 

“They told me and my mother there was a job opportunity at Eastgate Mall where they want cleaners,” she said.

The polite men even accompanied the women to the nearest internet café to fill in their CVs – but when they came back, the old Corolla was nowhere to be seen. The R50 they left in the house had also disappeared and the plasma TV was stolen too.

Ntando wants to be a nurse, while Hlengiwe wants to work in IT and Thembelihle wants some day to be a teacher. But none of them has been able to make a breakthrough in the job market. 

It is precisely this struggle that the CV gang has exploited so ruthlessly.

Another victim, Ivy Baloyi, said the same people came to her house and told her that they were looking for people who are not working.

Like the others, her possessions were stolen while she was at the internet café, hopeful that a decently paid job was on the horizon. 

“When I came back, the TV was gone from my house. Neighbours thought I had sold my TV to them.”

Ward committee and Public Safety Officer Joel Mabaso said more than 20 families were robbed in the same way.

Police spokesman Kay Mkhuseli said police are investigating the cases of house robbery.

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