RTI officer: ‘Officials must say sorry’

2013-01-02 00:00

A SENIOR Road Traffic Inspectorate officer said yesterday he wanted to see the officials responsible for the deaths of the job hopefuls to stand up and apologise to their families.

The officer, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal, said the entire process had been rushed and had ended in chaos.

“There are four regions, Empangeni, Durban, the Midlands [Pietermaritzburg] and KZN inland. Why weren’t the tests held in each region to cut down the numbers? When I joined, there was no such thing as a fitness test and driver’s licence test on this scale.”

He alleged that the tests were a smokescreen to cover nepotism and bribery and that the rules of a fair interview did not apply.

In previous fitness tests a, doctor would take the applicants’ blood pressure and weigh them before the trials began.

He also criticised the practice of making applicants fill out indemnity forms.

“Of course they would fill out the forms. If they had refused, they would have been chased away.”

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