Inquiry hears conflicting reports

2013-06-05 18:32
Harry Gwala Stadium (Picture: The Witness)

Harry Gwala Stadium (Picture: The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A man, who died after taking part in a KwaZulu-Natal recruitment fitness test, had bladder and kidney problems, a commission of inquiry heard in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

According to medical records, Ntuthuko Sibisi had acute renal impairment, evidence leader Sithembiso Kunene said.

His grandmother Thandiwe Sibisi told the inquiry he had reported no health problems before taking part in the fitness test for Road Traffic Inspectorate job applicants.

The commission was appointed by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize to probe the deaths of eight people who took part in a 4km run at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg in December.

More than 34 000 people qualified to apply for the 90 advertised trainee posts. A total of 15 600 applicants attended a fitness test on 27 December, and a similar number on 28 December.

Sibisi testified that a doctor at Greys Hospital told her her grandson had died at 03:00 on 29 December.

When she saw his body at the mortuary on 3 January, his forehead and mouth were swollen.

During cross-examination, Advocate Ravenda Padayachee, for the transport department, said two specialist forensic pathologists disputed that Sibisi had an acute renal impairment.

He said the doctors had found nothing wrong with Sibisi's kidneys.

Padaychee said the CVs of the doctors showed they were better qualified than those who conducted the post mortem, as they held masters degrees in medicine.

He said a third doctor had also found no injuries to or abnormalities of Sibisi's kidneys.

The results of a post mortem on Lenny Nxumalo, showed he had superficial wounds, resembling burns, to the right side of his chest and abdominal region.

His father Thembinkosi Nxumalo told the commission his son had been the family's breadwinner.

Nxumalo was now helping to build mud houses to support his son's two children.

Their mother was unemployed.

The commission continues on 25 June.

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