RTI probe awaiting Radebe OK

2013-02-21 00:00

THE establishment of a commission of inquiry into the deaths of eight traffic recruits, who died during a fitness test in Pietermaritzburg in December, is still in its early stages.

Justice Department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga yesterday said the department was still in discussions with the KwaZulu-Natal government.

Premier Zweli Mkhize told a press conference on Tuesday that authorisation was still awaited from Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to set up the commission.

“All the commissioners have been approached … We have to respect that for a judicial commission we need to get specific authorisation from the minister.”

The process includes engaging a judge to head the inquiry.

Mhaga said the president would make the appointment.

Mkhize announced the intention to establish a commission at the funeral of the eight people who died after a gruelling fitness test conducted by the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) at Harry Gwala stadium. The RTI proposed to recruit 90 trainees to become traffic officers, but more than 34 000 people applied.

Mkhize said plans were in place to ensure there was no recurrence of the incident, adding: “The [Transport] Department is re-looking at certain alternatives of what needs to be done so that we avoid large numbers congregating in one point.” 

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