Mchunu: KZN dept didn’t abide by rules

Pietermaritzburg - The KwaZulu-Natal transport department did not abide by its own rules during a recruitment process for traffic police that resulted in the deaths of eight people, Premier Senzo Mchunu said on Wednesday.

He said these were the findings of a commission of inquiry that was tasked with investigating the events that led to the deaths of the eight during a fitness test.

"No matter how uncomfortable and painful for us as government, we will not hesitate to take corrective and preventative action where it is required," Mchunu told reporters in Pietermaritzburg.

"Therefore I will not hesitate to acknowledge the grave errors that led to this tragedy."

Mchunu said that the department had no regulations of its own related to the carrying out of fitness tests.

Negotiations must still happen

The commission had recommended compensation to the families of the victims as well as disciplinary procedures to be undertaken against four transport department officials.

Mchunu said negotiations with the families over compensation still had to be undertaken.

The report had also recommended investigations against some officials for submitting fraudulent minutes of a meeting to the commission.

The eight people died when they took part in a 4km run at Pietermaritzburg's Harry Gwala stadium in December 2012.

This formed part of a fitness test for Road Traffic Inspectorate job applicants. More than 40 000 people qualified to apply for 90 advertised RTI trainee posts.

Of these, 20 000 applicants attended a fitness test on 27 December and a similar number on 28 December.

The report would not be released to the media until the families have had time to examine it.

Rodney Bevan 2014-08-13 08:36:48 PM
Maybe because none of those in charge are actually qualified to do the job in the first place. And today our illustrious leader confirmed there are measures in place to stop unqualified people from being employed in the wrong positions. Yeah right, pull the other one.
proudlysa 2014-08-13 08:43:52 PM
No ANC run body abides by rules....(including No 1). Why am I not surprised about this one?? If it was in the W Cape it would have been racsm
Bonga Mbele 2014-08-13 09:21:48 PM
Why would anyone in their right mind go for a fitness test with a law enforcement agency when they know full well that they are not fit? I mean 4km is not such a long distance for a healthy person. These people were irresponsible. they should have started training on their own at home before "committing suicide". No wonder so many law enforcement officers are so fat.
Rene Baldie 2014-08-13 09:21:50 PM
Pleasantly surprised at the admission. Sad that so many millions were wasted.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-14 07:46:40 AM
And we started stating the obvious why? Lives were lost because of incompetence on the government's part. This is unacceptable.