RTI witness stands by facts

2013-05-16 00:00

THE medical records of the first witness in the inquiry into the deaths of eight Road Traffic Inspectorate job applicants showed that she was confused and dehydrated and had to be nebulised after completing a four-kilometre fitness test.

This emerged yesterday at the commission of inquiry into the deaths in December last year

Nonhlanhla Innocentia Mlambo (31) had earlier testified that she had suffered seizures after the fitness run.

But reading Mlambo’s medical report from Edendale Hospital, Transport Department representative advocate Ravi Padayachee SC submitted that Mlambo had not suffered any such symptoms.

Commission chairperson advocate Thandi Norman SC told Padayachee not to be selective in reading the report.

Yesterday Padayachee put it to Mlambo that according to notes made by nurses, “you were alert and lucid in hospital”. He said the records showed “no confusion, no seizures, no nausea and vomiting, and no diarrhoea”.

Mlambo was admitted to hospital after the run and said she did not recall what happened afterwards. She woke up in hospital the following day and was discharged in the evening.

Padayachee read from a letter that Mlambo had written to the head of the Transport Department, in which she said that she had waited “quite some time” after her run to fill in the forms to record that she had qualified, but that she fainted while she was waiting and woke up in hospital the next day.

“You told this commission that after the run you were feeling weak and forced yourself … to go to the paramedics so that you could be treated, but there is nowhere in the letter that you mention this,” he said.

Mlambo countered that she had tried to be concise when writing the letter when Transport MEC Willies Mchunu and his officials visited the hospital. She said there was no need to elaborate as she told them what had transpired during the event. She insisted that what was contained in the medical record was what had happened to her.

The commission resumes sitting on Tuesday.

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