‘Unprofessional and unorganised’

2013-01-02 00:00

A MAN who underwent the physical test for a job as a traffic officer yesterday described the hell he went through, only to miss the cut-off time by three minutes.

The man, who asked not to be named as he wants to re-apply for a post with the Road Traffic Inspectorate, said the four kilometre run was more of a stampede by desperate job applicants than a fitness assessment.

“I was running in a pack of about 100 people who were pushing and tripping others at the sides and back in a stampede.

“I almost fell three or four times. At one point we had to pass through a narrow space of a metre wide and there were 50 people trying to squeeze through at the same time.

“It was chaotic, unprofessional and unorganised.”

He said he also saw a pregnant woman running.

“She was obviously pregnant and I heard her telling other women there that she was pregnant.”

There were also people from as far afield as Johannesburg who were hoping to get a job.

The man said that although he was not in peak physical condition, he was fairly fit.

“We waited for six hours. There were no taps.

“If you tried to go to the toilet there were 50 people in the queue.

“We had nowhere to store our IDs and driver’s licenses while we ran, so we had to carry them with us. There was nowhere to sit, so we sat on the hot cement.

“It was very humid and hot. It was quite a run, even for those who had trained. I saw one guy who looked like a runner collapse and realised I had to slow down a bit. People were breathing hard.”

He was also unimpressed with the insulting attitude of the officers administering the process. “They called us idiots and cakes.”

Even overweight people were allowed to compete, he said.

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