Traffic cop selection to resume

2013-04-12 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department is resuming its recruitment drive for traffic officers next week, Transport MEC Willies Mchunu said yesterday.

The process was put on hold after eight recruits died during a fitness test that involved running almost four kilometres in the sweltering sun in late December.

Addressing the media in Durban yesterday, Mchunu said the scrapping of the fitness test was not on the cards.

“Fitness tests are an integral part of the recruitment for traffic inspectorate posts. At this stage it remains part of our system. If, for instance, we do another intake there would be no reason why we should not do [fitness tests],” he said.

During the recruitment drive the department received about 150 000 applications and shortlisted 40 700.

The second phase would resume with those who had made the cut-off time undergoing driving evaluation from April 20.

A total of 13 500 candidates who passed the initial fitness test will now undergo driving evaluation at four different centres — Rossburgh in Durban, Mkhondeni in Pietermaritzburg, Empangeni on the North Coast and Ladysmith.

Head of department Sibusiso Gumbi said the driving evaluation would be done on Saturdays over eight weeks.

A commission of inquiry into the deaths of the recruits had since been set up by Premier Zweli Mkhize this year.

Mkhize’s spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said the commission would start its work when logistical arrangements were completed to ensure it was above board.


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