Delay in wrapping up after RTI hearing

2015-05-26 09:45
RTI commission of inquiry.

RTI commission of inquiry. (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - The Premier’s Office says there have been delays in wrapping up disciplinary processes against senior officials implicated in the fatal traffic officer recruitment drive two years ago.

But Premier Senzo Mchunu’s office said while the delays were “regretted”, they were necessary in the interests of being thorough.

Spokesperson Thami Ngwenya said the delay in starting disciplinary proceedings was primarily because those implicated were senior officials within the KZN Department of Transport (DoT).

“The delay in starting disciplinary proceedings was occasioned by the fact that the officials to be disciplined are senior. Therefore a senior person outside the department was required to chair the proceedings so that justice is seen to be done.

“… The delay in commencing with the discipline is regretted, but government wanted this serious matter to be handled by a competent and senior person,” said Ngwenya.

He said affected families were informed that they would be updated on the outcomes of the disciplinary processes.

“The HOD [Sbusiso Gumbi] for the DoT and Linda Zama [special adviser to the Office of the Premier] work together on this matter. Zama takes reports direct from the HOD in order to be kept up to date [and] Zama briefs the premier on progress.”

The disciplinary processes against DoT officials Sibusiso Sithole, Miranda Zwane and Fanana Sibiya are the result of an extensive commission of inquiry into the disastrous Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) recruitment drive held in December 2012 at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg. Eight people died and scores were hospitalised when over 35 000 people arrived to compete for just 90 posts in scorching hot conditions.

The commission’s report was handed to Mchunu in August last year. Previously, The Witness reported that 19 applicants who were hospitalised and suffered trauma have received compensation of R10 000 each, while one person received R100 000. The dead victims’ families are also expected to receive financial compensation

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