Applicant's death left a gap in family

2013-06-25 18:20
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Pietermaritzburg - The death of a man, who participated in a Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) recruitment fitness test, has left a gap in the family, a commission of inquiry in Pietermaritzburg heard on Tuesday.

"The crack that has been left by the death of my brother has widened, so much so that it would not come as a surprise to me to learn that my mother has passed on," Mthetho Wambi said.

He said the death of his brother Lungile Wambi had forced him to close the car wash and driving school business he had managed.

The commission was appointed by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize earlier this year to probe the deaths of eight people who took part in a 4km run at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg in December.

This formed part of a fitness test for RTI job applicants.

More than 34 000 people qualified to apply for the 90 advertised trainee posts.

A total of 15 600 applicants attended a fitness test on 27 December and a similar number on 28 December.

Wambi said that according to the death certificate, his brother had died of hyperthermia.

"I did not know what that meant, but when I researched it, I found out it's when the body absorbs more heat than it can release," Wambi said.

When he saw his brother's body, he noticed bruises on his forehead, his mouth was swollen, and that fluid was coming out of his nose.

He told the commission that his brother had been fit, having participated in two fitness tests in Cape Town in October and November.

He exercised regularly and there was training equipment at his home.

Wambi accused the KwaZulu-Natal transport department of failing to plan the recruitment process properly.

"The reason we are here is because one person did not recognise the existence of another," he said.

Advocate Ravenda Padayachee, for the department, said paramedics were present.

He said an official from the health department reported that on the day Lungile Wambi collapsed there were nine ambulances, an ambulance bus, and an ambulance tent.

"Contrary to what you think there were ambulances present. The department of health is independent. The department of transport could not manipulate the department of health," Padayachee said.

Wambi said his brother did not eat anything on the day he participated in the test.

Padayachee said Lungile Wambi's patient form from the paramedics indicated he was dehydrated and his blood sugar levels were low.

The commission continues on Wednesday.

- SAPA
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