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Memorial service for fitness test victims

2013-01-07 22:29

Johannesburg - A memorial service will be held for the seven people who died during a KwaZulu-Natal traffic department recruitment fitness test.

The service would take place at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 10:00 on Wednesday, Transport MEC Willies Mchunu said in a statement.

The seven died during a 4km run, which was part of a fitness test held at the Harry Gwala stadium, Pietermaritzburg, in December.

One of the seven allegedly committed suicide. They had responded to a Road Traffic Inspectorate recruitment drive.

All tests for RTI jobs had been suspended pending an investigation by the MEC's office.

More than 34 000 people had qualified to apply for the 90 advertised trainee posts.

A total of 15 600 applicants attended the fitness test on Thursday, 27 December, and a similar number on the Friday.

An unknown number of them collapsed due to the heat. Many were taken to hospital.

Mchunu said he was reviewing the recruitment process and changes would be made.

A new plan had been presented to him, which would see candidates being split up into smaller groups and asked to present themselves at a testing station near where they lived.

"This will reduce waiting hours and will ensure efficiency in the recruitment system," the MEC's office said in a statement.

Comments
  • sylvia.shaw.7 - 2013-01-07 23:12

    Sounds as though that fitness test was rather too much for unfit people. They need to have a medical checkup first. Very tragic outcome for these people so desperate for a job.

      mariuskowie - 2013-01-08 07:27

      The best memorial service will be when the people responsible for the so called fitness test get arrested and end up going to prison for a very long time without the option of medical parole.

      daleinn - 2013-01-08 07:57

      34000 applicants for 90 available jobs... the state of desperation and unemployment ..leads to poor management of such recruitment drives.

  • Prudence Molefe - 2013-01-07 23:17

    wat fitness when u have to seat under the tree on a camp chair n look at the camera? like u on holiday... condolences to the families n shame to d department who couldnt even organise dat huge water can for ppl to have water available for drinking but when they have stupid one hour meetings they have SPRING water bottles available :(

      lehlogonolo.mukhola - 2013-01-08 08:20

      Hahahahahaha........ you killed me there

  • Erna - 2013-01-07 23:29

    The only thing anc officials are good in is arranging gatherings which they can use for talking politics!

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-08 07:26

      Well said Erna! It is all well and good to hold a memorial service, but I want to know what is going to happen to those responsible for organizing to so called 'fitness test'!!!!!

  • Hasani P - 2013-01-07 23:34

    Shame man, all the wanted was to work. May their souls rest in peace. They are heroes . However, I do not understand why they , the deceased, had to be put through such intense exercise, given the nature of the duties they had to undertake. Traffic cops do not require any extensive physical training like police officers. Someone needs to be held accountable here.

      reynardt - 2013-01-08 00:35

      Heroes? Please do explain...

      david.banner.104418 - 2013-01-08 05:54

      Intensive exercise, it was a little 4km jog for crying out loud.

  • justin.b.whittaker - 2013-01-08 00:02

    They shouldve known they were too overweight or unfit.they shouldve looked for other jobs.but shame that they passed away.

  • Nitrate'angel Da'Rockas Tlhokz Mzonyane - 2013-01-08 04:08

    why heavy training as if u train to become a soldier yeses! have mercy God

      louis.koen.94 - 2013-01-08 07:43

      Can see you were not in the Army. 4km is a walk in the park. If you are 100kg plus and unfit, well, that is a different story.

  • louiseroger.higham - 2013-01-08 06:18

    Disgusting, the people in charge should be ashamed of themselves. Rip to the victims

  • ncesh.gali - 2013-01-08 07:02

    Sad indeed, may their souls rest in peace...amen! While on the other flip of the coin, we have overwheight metro police officers who can't do a 50m short sprint and they fall off their bikes coz they are heavy on kooksisters...this intense exercise should be maintained throughout the carrier as a MPO...and it is not, unfortunately. Now that doesn't make much sense!

  • bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2013-01-08 07:30

    Who in their right mind gets two groups of 15000 people together to select people for 90 posts. They should have been shortlisted to a few hundred before the real selection process began. Its just madness.

  • isaac.mosina1 - 2013-01-08 07:33

    To all the family of all the seven people who have lost their lives during fitness training in Kwazulu Natal my your sole rest in peace 'cause you shown you commitment to help you counrtry and you province that you are there for it.You'll always be remembered guyz rest in peace!!)

  • Ekkie Ries - 2013-01-08 07:57

    people died of heat exhaustion???? falling down to the ground with 15000 people around you, people got crushed to death!!!!

  • keith.r.damon - 2013-01-08 08:06

    a fireman that does more physical work than a traffic officer must only do a 2.4 km run.why must a traffic officer recruit do a 4km?

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2013-01-08 08:36

    People so desperate for work they die trying to get it and the government keeps letting illegal immigrants steal their jobs. If we got rid of the illegal immigrants our unemployment would drop from 25% to 5% overnight. But our leaders are more interested in big houses fancy cars and multiple wives. There is a leadership job to be done and its very obvious its not getting done.

  • Tando Maku - 2013-01-08 12:15

    dept cannot be blamed for this bcoz this is what they do as their selection process, I think its gud that a person fails rather than applying and u dont know wht happens.Its only tht it was hot

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