RTI fitness test: police appeal for witnesses

2013-02-11 00:00

POLICE are desperately seeking to speak to witnesses following the ill-fated Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) fitness tests which claimed eight lives in December last year.

Despite there being 35 000 people present at the recruitment drive conducted by the Department of Transport, police have only managed to speak to those who have been hospitalised.

Anyone willing to make a statement or provide any evidence is requested to contact Captain Pieter van Zanten at 079 500 592 or 033 845 7722. They can also get in touch with Sergeant Samantha Kerr at 076 437 9439 or 033 845 7714.

Six weeks since the incident at Harry Gwala Stadium, Thami Dlamini (25) of Newcastle is still in hospital in Pietermaritzburg having suffered kidney failure brought on by dehydration.

Police have also asked the families of two of the deceased — Bongiwe Mbatha and Lungile Wamba — for permission to exhume their bodies, which were buried without a postmortem being conducted.

Mbatha’s mother, Thoko last week told Weekend Witness she would refuse the request while Wamba’s father Mthetho said the had family had still not come to a decision.

Meanwhile, the report commissioned by the Transport Department has been finalised and handed to Premier Zweli Mkhize, who is expected to announce soon when a commission of inquiry will be set up.

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