PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
VickyI
 
Comments: 23
Article views: 1451
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all VickyI's badges.
 

Whose idea was this?

31 December 2012, 14:52

Ninety available posts for new traffic police in KZN; 34 000 applications from people who are desperate for employment; 15 500 turn up on the first day at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg to do the fitness test. It is 30° and very humid and, guess what? The first test is to run 4km.

Now I ask you, ‘how many ordinary people can run 1km, whether in heat or cold, let alone 4kms in extreme heat and humidity?” Walking that distance for most of us is arduous enough so running 4kms is surely only for those who are confirmed to be physically fit. How many of the current Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) members can run 4kms? We have read a couple of times this year that our police men and women (both RTI & SAPS) are overweight and unfit. Surely if the powers that be want new members to be fit and healthy they should be setting an example. We should be able to rely on our police being able to run and apprehend criminals rather than pull a gun as soon as possible. Maybe movies and TV shows do exaggerate, but the cops in those shows are witnessed running after criminals.

Recently, the wonderful system of CCTV cameras in the Johannesburg business district was demonstrated on the news, showing criminals were being caught red-handed. There was one guy breaking into an SUV, having blocked the remote locking system, was caught and cuffed. A second situation was of 2 men stealing copper cabling when 2 policemen arrive (not RTI I will admit). They approach the men and one runs away and no one chases him! Not fit enough?

Besides the fact that these men and women applicants were unemployed and so not well nourished, they had not received prior warning of this acitivity so could not have trained for it. This alone should have alerted the organisers to the possible problems the applicants might have had. A second warning sign was when some, while waiting for instructions, were collapsing in the heat but, oh no, the run went ahead anyway. According to media reports and TV interviews there was no water supplied and no medical or ablution facilities available. These are basic requirements whenever there is a large crowd and even more so if they are expected to be physically active. It is my understanding that the police in any service are supposed to have basic first aid knowledge in which teaching about these necessities should be a basic requirement. Maybe it is no longer part of police training.

What a disastrous result – 6 dead and 200 admitted to hospital, some critical. Once again families have lost prospective breadwinners, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. Already impoverished and in dire straits they now have to hold funerals and do all the tasks required when a person dies. The RTI or whoever was responsible for this debacle should hang their heads in shame at showing such lack of basic survival knowledge and concern for humanity. Pity it had to come to this for the MEC to get involved and make enquiries.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
23 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Ivan Dimitrijevic
4 Important Things You Mustn’t Fo...

Unless you are a master of organization, or you have a full-time secretary that will constantly remind you of everything, you should be aware of some more important things that under no circumstances should fall under your radar. Read more...

1 comments 86 views
Submitted by
Maluleka Paul
SADTU's proposed 'Nationalist his...

The nationalist history curriculum approach is always under scrutiny everywhere around the world and for a good reason. Read more...

7 comments 563 views
Submitted by
Godless Heathen
How good are Christian Morals rea...

Christians and other believers in various brands of wuckfittery seem to think that the morals of the world are declining.  Read more...

72 comments 2738 views
Submitted by
SilverBack
In response to Paulus on the Gene...

This article is long, so unless you have an interest in the subject or you read Paulus' Article, this will not be of interest. Read more...

122 comments 783 views
The Folly of Men

When the heart is darkened, not in the same light with God, it turn out to do foolish things.  Read more...

51 comments 300 views
Submitted by
Chiedza Ufic Majongwe
Return our relatives home please

We are grateful to the South African government for all they are doing in assisting us and also the Nigerian government. However we are appealing to South Africa and Nigeria to speed up the process. Read more...

0 comments 295 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.