Aspiring cop dies during fitness test

2012-01-31 21:29

Johannesburg - A 26-year-old man collapsed and died while trying out for the Tshwane metro police academy on Tuesday, a police spokesperson said.

The aspiring recruit was part of a group running the 2.4km fitness test, which is part of the physical evaluation for all prospective police officers.

Tshwane metro police spokesperson Console Tleane said he collapsed a few metres outside the gates of the academy at 14:15.

"He was taken into the academy and given CPR while an ambulance was on its way. Staff decided to rush him to the Pretoria West Hospital, which is a few minutes away," Tleane said.

He died in hospital.

The Tshwane metro police is assessing more than 60 000 applications for 500 places as metro police students.

The assessment involves physical evaluation to test the suitability of potential candidates.

  • Gavibear - 2012-01-31 21:55

    In my opinion the man should have had a better understanding of his own fitness and limitations.. but on the other hand, did the metro police really think its a good idea to do these fitness tests at 1400, in the afternoon, in summer... should have seen something like this coming. May God rest this unfortunate man's soul.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-01-31 23:07

      Well, on the field they can't wait for the heat to cool before chasing after criminals.

      mputumis - 2012-02-01 00:04

      JohncarlosBiza, they sit on camp chairs under trees, not in the field

      asteyn - 2012-02-01 03:45

      In the old military you would have undergone a full medical examination to receive your G1K1 clearance before you ran anywhere or did any form of PT. I just wonder if these recruits were medically cleared to be undergoing fitness tests

      michael.ferraris - 2012-02-01 07:37

      Sometimes underlying heart conditions are present and are unknown until its too late. This also happens to well trained athletes.

      Squeegee - 2012-02-01 07:40

      Sad news, but on the other hand I'm impressed - the police actually expect a certain level of fitness? I thought the only test was to see if your a$$ could fit in the drivers seat.

  • Daphne - 2012-01-31 21:58

    My condolences to the family of the deseaced and all those who witnessed this tragedy. It is so incredibly sad - this young man probably had some underlying condition that should have been diagnosed a long time ago given a proper primary health care system,including "school nurses". Just think about it 60 000 applicants for 500 jobs!

      Piet - 2012-02-01 04:14

      Wonder how many of the 60,000 are criminals and ex convicts....and the 500 ????

      Barefoot - 2012-02-01 05:45

      I like to point out that we have a proper primary health care system having worked at least 5 clinics around the Pta region the problem is people only come when they have ailments it's seldom you find young people coming just for blood pressure monitoring. do you yourself use the clinics?

  • masiela.Rudluv - 2012-01-31 22:01

    i ran that 2.4km myself its a long distance nd u only get 11.49 secs..may he RIP - 2012-01-31 22:20

      Surely you mean minutes. We had to run it in the army with boots and rifle.

      George - 2012-01-31 22:23

      What i do not understand is the fact that these recruits are given a time of 4minutes and about 45 seconds to run this. bare in mind that these poeple are from the street and not all of them are fitness freaks. if you calculate this back this person should run at least 2.2 meters a second to qualify and this in summer when the sun is at it's peak. to crown it these guys are , in my opinion not fit enough to do this. let the instructors that sit and eat mcdonalds everyday do this time and if they can i will forever hold the peace. the same guys that are doing this cannot even run to the toilet. i say to this family sue the living daylight out of the metro. how much is the bribe this time to cheat the qualifying time?

      George - 2012-01-31 22:24

      sorry this is 4 minutes 45 seconds per kilometer.

      Fourhundredkg - 2012-01-31 22:51

      In the Army you had a medical examination BEFORE any fitness testing! I guess this is the way Tshwane eliminates the unwanted 59500 candidates. 59499 to go! Sad, and stupid.

      Juan - 2012-02-01 02:11

      I actually wonder how the KFC brigade, the ones the the bus-tire waistlines and the big sisis in the police managed to do their 2.4kms.

      George - 2012-02-01 08:27

      @ George, you dont apply for a diving job if you dont know how to swim.Applying for a job as a policeman you know what you HAVE to do. As for the instructors sitting there and could not do the time is a load of sh@$it from your side. They are instructors because they have DONE IT. You sound like a winger who does not like to be told what to do to get the job done. In other words dont purchace anything unless you read the instructions first, and then complain it does not work because you assembled it wrong

  • Davis Mathevula - 2012-01-31 22:08

    Its sad indeed but sometimes we are not honest when applying job vacancies,i believe the guy had some illnes which he did'nt want to disclose when applying & that resulted into this..may his soul rest in peace

      Juan - 2012-02-01 02:14

      It could also be that he had a serious heart condition and he may very well not even been aware of it. The police should give the recruits a thorough medical exam first before letting them into the police

  • cwboshoff - 2012-01-31 22:15

    It's really upsetting that someone should die during a fitness assessment, but i take it as a good sign that the recruiters are doing a good job, if they can't even do the assessment, how can you expect them to survive the whole training course. Our cops should be superfit and be able to defend our freedoms.

  • tertia888 - 2012-01-31 22:39

    Running in this heat... you idiots!!!! You should be sued!

      Mark - 2012-02-01 00:08

      So if it's a hot day you expect cops to sit back and no nothing? Ironically here you're the idiot.

      Juan - 2012-02-01 02:20

      For the police or the army that's the perfect time to go for PT.

      cwboshoff - 2012-02-01 06:01

      It's almost like you are saying the cops should not run after criminals in the middel of the day because it's too hot and they will die because of the heat?!?

      Ian - 2012-02-01 07:55

      Are you an idiot, why dont you try telling that to the UK SAS or The Israeli Defence Force or the US Department of Defence, even if you told that to the the SADF they would have told you what to do, its people with your sort of attitude that has resulted in what this so called useless sandf has become, a useless striking bunch of pre madonnas who think they look so tough in cammos, let me tell you something, we only got our cammos upon landing in SWA before shipping out further north, clearly you have no clue what a well oiled fighting machine consists of or what it takes to get there

      Jan - 2012-02-01 15:21

      To run 2.4km for a police officer should be NOTHING, if the McDonalds bribe he had this morning hasn't digested yet, he must bribe his instructor with KFC so that he don't have to run the 2.4km or maybe just do 400m. PATHETIC!!

  • Jaun - 2012-01-31 22:42

    Is this now suppose to mean that the Metro police training is all so stringent that some individuals die trying to make it to a job that offers abundance in side line incomes with very little effort. Please... Take another good look at all the pork sausages wearing metro uniforms and tell me that they've done half the training that they SHOULD BE doing. However, don’t get me wrong … Sincere condolences to the family of the lost cop ;’(

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-01 05:18

    BWAHAHAAHAHAAHHHAHAHA, The cops need to pass a fitness exam? How many Metro currently working could finish that run?? If you need to be so fit why isnt it kept up? Every policeman i see is fat and eating.... Lets see how many of them dont fall down dead after a run.

  • Dmitri - 2012-02-01 05:52

    Back in the 80s in the military we did 2.4s when it suited the corporal. Staaldak, webbing, geweer!!! Brings back memories.

      cwboshoff - 2012-02-01 06:03

      haha, I'm glad I am too young to have been there... I would have died! Physical excercise is for skinny people :)

      Ian - 2012-02-01 07:47

      @Dmitri. Dont forget the poles, they had to come with too ;)

  • Ian - 2012-02-01 06:00

    Just answer me one thing, Did the recruits go through a detailed medical upon applying to join the force, Worldwide before you can start training you are put through a medical to check if you are physically and mentally fit for the training. (Thats how it was in the SADF) If not then JMPD must be held responsible of this recruits death. A straight forward 2.4 is nothing, I do it twice a day, you should try it staaldak, gepak webbing en geweer n 40 degree temps, I'm sure there are a few guys here who know what I'm talking about.

      David - 2012-02-01 08:43

      Ian, Upington was the place to be brother. I can bet you if they take all these so called cops and do a test on them again there would be 59500 open jobs next week. 8SAI all the way.

  • Leon - 2012-02-01 06:40

    In the old army we ran this distance every afternoon between 15:00 and 16:00. We were however medically tested before we went into the army. Mputumis is right, they don't need to be fit as they sit under trees and in their cars and in the office, in stead of being traffic cops.

  • Morne - 2012-02-01 06:55

    60000 applicants, 500 places, and yet, the mojority of the cops are obese. Surely there must be 500 mentally and physically fit applicants. Or are they getting lazy on the job because crime is soooo low in SA?

  • Gary - 2012-02-01 11:19

    Is there a policeman in South Africa who can run three block?

      cwboshoff - 2012-02-01 22:38

      I bet there are several that can, we just don't see them as they are fast enough to be able to dodge the cameras!

  • rcrawle - 2012-02-01 12:35

    Probably hypertropic cardiomyopathy. Every now and again an international football falls down dead on the field due to this. Most often it is undiagnosed prior to death. Condolences to the family.

      Dave - 2012-02-01 13:13

      Yes, Marc Vivienne Foe of Man City died on the pitch with the same condition.

  • Gail - 2012-02-01 13:14

    Sad. Gavibear, I totally second what you have said. Their physical fitness should be assessed before they send them out by means of blood pressure and medical fitness tests which accompany their applications. Any work where stress and endangerment to life forms part of the job requirement should require the applicant to send a medical certificate. Unfortunately our healthcare sustem is already overloaded and young people are desperate to work. At age 26, men especially imagine that they will live forever but thee may in fact be a genetic history of early death from heart disease of which the applicant is unaware since the father is dead or unknown. This man may have recently had flu which had weakened his heart and that run was just too much. Sad for the mother and siblings.

  • Jan - 2012-02-01 15:14

    Our police force are big and fat and now proof of unfit as well. Sorry for the death but there should be a lesson in this.

  • George - 2012-02-01 17:11

    @ George before you attack people read your own comment you twat. Even in your own words the instructors HAVE DONE IT.I bet you they cannot do it anymore. This is past tense , the fact that someone passed on is the concern. Why was there no medical examination done to determine whether this person is fit enough. Do you think this guy is a university graduate or a doctor so that he could determine his own health status. Even if you apply for Gym membership there is a health questionare that needs to be completed. It goes without saying. If you can do this time I am ok with it because it means you are fit enough. Has this guy done excersise before he was asked to complete this run. By the way this time that they expect are the same time that is requested from comrades runners. I get the idea that you might be the idiot that was involved in designing this record breaking time. Catch a wake up before you get involved in something you know zilch about.

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