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MBABANE - The scarcity of employment has resulted in youth around the country turning up in huge numbers for the 350 police jobs that have been made available for now.

The Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) issued an advert where it called for all suitable candidates to apply for the position of Constable II (cadres). By suitable candidates, the police mean emaSwati between the ages 21 and 35 with normal eye vision, without the use of spectacles. The police service also wants to recruit physically fit candidates, who have no previous criminal records among other requirements.  

During a visit to the Mbabane Police Station at around 3pm yesterday, over 100 people were found queuing to submit their application forms. It was gathered that the police station had been a busy place since the first day the advert was published last week. It was also gathered that some people were turned back as they did not meet the requirements. Some of those who did not meet the requirements had less than three credits. Some did not have a pass in English Language as per the requirements. Some were younger than 21 years of age while others were above the age of 35.  

Worth noting is that the recruitment comes at the time when results of the 2021 labour force survey pointed out that youth unemployment remained at 58 per cent in the country. Also, the recruitment comes at a time when some youth participate in the ongoing political unrest which has resulted in the looting, vandalism, burning of property and job losses. Those interviewed in the queues claimed that they were never part of the ongoing political unrest.

The aspirants stated that their consciences were clean. They said they were hoping that those responsible for the recruitment would use all possible means to ensure that deserving candidates were recruited into the service. Meanwhile, Chief Police Information and Communications Officer Superintendent Phindile Vilakati was on national radio warning those who aspired to join the service to guard against people who would pose as messiahs and claim to help them get the jobs.

Vilakati stated that the vacancies in the service were not for sale. She advised those who might be lured into paying for the jobs to inform the police so that the law would take its course. Vilakati stated that the police job required application, aptitude test, physical fitness and oral interviews.

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