Would-be recruit has lost a year

2013-07-05 00:00

A WOULD-BE RTI recruit told yesterday how he has missed a year of studies after spending almost three months in hospital.

Thamsanqa Dlamini (25) told the RTI recruitment commission of inquiry he collapsed after completing the mandatory four-kilometre run on December 27.

A second-year IT student at Boston College in Newcastle, Dlamini said he only left hospital on February 20, by which time registration for his third year had already closed. He is currently unemployed.

Dlamini said after he collapsed, he regained consciousness at Northdale Hospital, where he only remembers being offered juice. After that, he remembers nothing else until he was at Grey’s Hospital.

Dlamini now suffers from memory loss and still feels pain in his thighs.

“I would not like to be a traffic officer anymore … as I don’t think I can stand on the road, as I could have done before,” he said.

Dlamini said even though he had qualified for the next round, he had not followed up with the Transport Department about getting a job. “I was happy to be alive, that’s all, after this incident.”

However, Ravin Ramdass, the Transport Department legal representative, said he did not believe that Dlamini had completed the run as there were no records indicating that he had made it.

“There were staff members who sent forms to those who had been rushed to hospital if they had qualified. Why were you not sent the forms?” he asked.

But Dlamini insisted that he had made it.

Ramdass also questioned his medical history, after learning that Dlamini had been to hospital in 2010 for sinus problems and that Madadeni Hospital referred him to Grey’s Hospital, which meant that his was a serious case.

Thandeka Dlamini, his mother and a professional nurse, will testify today.

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