RTI applicants exposed to heat - doctor

2013-07-31 17:27
Harry Gwala Stadium (Picture: The Witness)

Harry Gwala Stadium (Picture: The Witness)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pietermaritzburg - Eight people who collapsed after participating in a KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) fitness test were exposed to extreme heat, a commission of inquiry heard in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

All eight participants were diagnosed with heat exhaustion, Dr Douglas Wilson said.

"Heat exhaustion is a problem with internal organs that arises when a person has been exposed to extreme heat," he said.

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

It formed part of a fitness test for Road Traffic Inspectorate job applicants.

More than 34 000 people qualified to apply for 90 advertised RTI trainee posts. Of these, 15 600 applicants attended a fitness test on 27 December and a similar number on 28 December.

Wilson was giving evidence on the participants admitted to his hospital after the fitness test.

Those diagnosed with heat exhaustion were Cynthia Sindisiwe Gumede, Purity Mkhithi, Khanyisile Gumede, Mandisa Mlungwana, Nonhlanhla Mlambo, Andile Mchunu, Hlengiwe Mazibuko, and Eyethu Sokhela.

Wilson said heat exhaustion happened when a person had been exercising.

When a person was exposed to heat for a long time, the body's mechanisms for cooling down were overcome and it became hot, which caused harm to several parts of the body.

Wilson said symptoms of heat stroke were presented by participants Thandeka Nontobeko Dlomo and Nobuhle Pretty Hadebe.

Read more on:    zweli mkhize  |  pietermaritzburg

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Meet instagram star, Pumpkin the racoon

With 300 000 followers and growing Pumpkin is winning over the internet!



The cats that cost R35 000
Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy
13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may meet...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.


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.