The Public Service Commission (PSC) has moved to dismiss a memo purportedly authored by the commission calling on civil servants wishing to be part of planned shopping trips to South Africa to submit names confirming their interest.
According to the “memo”, the commission said it was introducing organised month-end shopping trips to the merchandise rich neighbouring country for government workers.
The purported memo, which was circulated on social media, invited scorn from teachers union leaders who accused government of attempts to promote South African goods.
Some accused government of paying civil servants in local currency and yet expect them to afford goods obtainable in South African rands.
But the Public Service Commission later dismissed the communication as false.
“False and misinformation!!” twitted the Commission Sunday.
“The Public Service wishes to inform the Public and stakeholders that there is a fake memo circulating on social media purporting that there will be organized shopping trips to South Africa. This is a scam and should be condemned.”
Zimbabwe is in the process of creating a Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill which intends to penalise cyber offenders.