RTI hopefuls to go for driving tests at weekend

2013-05-24 00:00

WHILE a commission of inquiry is still trying to establish how eight applicants for jobs with the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) died, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport is continuing with the second phase of the recruitment process.

The MEC for Transport, Willies Mchunu, had previously suspended the recruitment exercise.

The applicants who passed the fitness test were invited to take part in driving competency tests that began this month and will continue this weekend and into June.

Altogether 13 500 applicants will undergo a driver’s licence test for the 90 trainee provincial inspectors posts. There are 4 500 recruits being tested in Rossburgh, 3 500 in Mkondeni, 3 000 in Empangeni and 2 500 in Ladysmith.

However, some of the short-listed candidates have complained that they did not receive SMSes calling them for driving tests.

An applicant, who asked not to be named for fear of victimisation, told The Witness: “I was among those shortlisted, but I haven’t received an SMS from the department. Others who were in my group received text messages.”

He said that whenever he phoned the call centre it undertook to call him back, but never did.

Other applicants were excited to have made it to the next level of the recruitment exercise.

One said he was over the moon about the SMS.

“The message this time says we must bring refreshments, ID and driver’s licence to Mkondeni. I hope it won’t be like the last time where there were big numbers,” he added.

Sources in the department told The Witness that the driving tests started early this month and will last until June.

The applicants will also undergo aptitude tests, criminal records checks, medical examinations and formal interviews.

Spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said the department had decided to decentralise the process and tests would take place at centres nearer to where the applicants live.

Rossburgh, Mkondeni, Empangeni and Ladysmith will cater for as many as 13 500 hopefuls during the driving competency tests.

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