Transport Dept to change recruitment tests after eight deaths

2013-01-08 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department is to change its recruitment process after the shambolic fitness assessment that claimed the lives of eight people.

MEC Willies Mchunu said he had met the management team responsible for the recruitment process and they presented a new plan to him.

This would see candidates going for further tests at testing stations nearest to where they live. “This will reduce waiting hours and will ensure efficiency in the recruitment system,” he said.

Mchunu, who suspended the recruitment drive following the death of the eight candidates, confirmed he had received a report detailing what had happened on those fatal two days.

More than 35 000 hopefuls were shortlisted for 90 positions as trainee traffic cops. They were made to run four kilometres in sweltering heat to qualify for the next round, which would have seen them take driving tests.

There have been calls from the recruits, religious organisations, trade unions and political parties for a commission of inquiry into the tragic incident.

Mchunu confirmed that he would discuss the report with Premier Zweli Mkhize. According to legislation, only the premier of the province has the power to institute a commission of inquiry.

He said candidates would be informed where the next tests would be conducted in about two weeks. “Only those who passed the fitness test will be considered,” said Mchunu.

He said a memorial service for those who died would take place at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 10 am tomorrow.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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