RTI probe to cost R13m

2013-10-20 15:57
Harry Gwala Stadium (Picture: The Witness)

Harry Gwala Stadium (Picture: The Witness)

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Durban - An inquiry into fatalities during a KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) fitness test will cost taxpayers R13.3 million, the Sunday Tribune reported on Sunday.

Much of this had been used to pay lawyers appointed by the KwaZulu-Natal transport department.

Lawyers had been racking up bills at the rate of R1.5m a month, with one advocate invoicing the department for R1 008 587.04.

A month later the advocate invoiced the department R900 000 for two weeks work, according to the report.

He also charged the department R6 000 to pick up a witness from King Shaka International Airport.

The commission is probing the deaths of eight people who took part in a four-kilometre run at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg in December.

This formed part of a fitness test for job applicants. More than 40 000 people qualified to apply for 90 advertised RTI trainee posts.

Of these, 20 000 applicants attended the test on 27 December and a similar number on 28 December.

The inquiry had an initial budget of R7.6m, but this had been increased by a further R5.7m.

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