Suicide victim was seen at finish line

2013-07-01 21:35

Pietermaritzburg - Assertions that a man cut his throat because he failed a KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) fitness test were disputed on Monday.

"I disagree with the suggestion that Sanele Ngcobo did not finish running the race within the allocated time, because I saw him after he finished running," Nkosinathi Nzimande told a commission of inquiry in Pietermaritzburg.

Earlier, the commission heard that Ngcobo cut his throat with a broken bottle because he failed the fitness test.

Nzimande said he and Ngcobo shook hands after the race. "I saw Ngcobo finish the race," he said.

The commission is probing the deaths of eight people who participated in a 4km run at the Harry Gwala Stadium, in Pietermaritzburg, in December.

The run was part of a fitness test for RTI job applicants.

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

A total of 15 600 applicants attended a fitness test on 27 December and a similar number on 28 December.

Nzimande said Ngcobo went missing while waiting in the queue to register with those who had successfully finished the race, but that he did not hear a commotion or anyone saying someone had cut their throat.

While cross-examining Nzimande, Advocate Ravenda Padayachee, for the provincial transport department, said statements from a doctor, a paramedic, and a transport official indicated Ngcobo committed suicide.

None of them saw Ngcobo slit his throat, but heard this from people at the stadium.

There was a 13cm wound across his neck. Two doctors who operated on him at Grey's Hospital had said he died of blood loss, Padayachee said.

Wanting to support a family

Ngcobo's aunt Thembi Ngcobo said she did not believe it when a nurse at Grey's Hospital told her that her nephew had cut himself with a bottle.

"When I saw him at the mortuary he had a plaster put on his neck from left to right," she said.

"It was then that I realised that he was the one referred to as having committed suicide."

She said her nephew, the father of a 3-month-old son, was desperate to find a job because he wanted to take over raising his son.

"He told me that I had worked hard [raising his child]. The following year he would go find work to relieve me," she said.

Ngcobo had been taking care of her nephew since 2000, after his mother died. At the time of his death, Ngcobo was in his final year of study for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Zululand.

  • ThAps Boshielo - 2013-07-01 21:53

    Sad ending indeed

  • Simphiwe Tladi - 2013-07-01 22:14

    Many will commit suicide if the unemployment problem isn't solved quickly.

      CapetownFred - 2013-07-01 22:25

      Ja, we need a brand new gov

      Mello Maase - 2013-07-01 23:41

      *Marikana commission*Gupta gate commision*Nkandla gate*Nkandla gate commission*Arms deal*Arms deal commission*MP Luxuries*MP Luxuries commission

      Seriousman Veryserious - 2013-07-02 18:58

      And suicide will solve WHAT?

  • Olga Gurla Dubz - 2013-07-01 22:21

    Too sad ...

  • CapetownFred - 2013-07-01 22:24

    that Sucks!!!!!!!! sad!!!!!:[

  • Dudu Ngulube - 2013-07-01 22:30

    what he did he made the situation worse for the little on and the family that is upsolutly wrong if he did it bt to the family my god be with u

      Mello Maase - 2013-07-01 23:35

      someone saw him complete

  • George Pito - 2013-07-01 22:48

    Final year Bachelors of art degree. I am lost with this who paid for this as a Bachelors is useally about R30000 a year without anything else one year studying and staying alive cost probably close to R100 000 a year. I dont know I simply dont understand what is happening in this country. How do these things work a Bachelors in Art final year student applying and running for a job in Road Traffic. How did this ever happen making people run for a job. It is simply barbaric now they waist time and money on court cases and claims. 30000 people got to run for job and 90 posts some commit suicide after finishing the race last week we had another story. I guess all the money for the 90 jobs are now down the drain as the courts and lawyers need the money now.

      Mello Maase - 2013-07-01 23:34


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      Ditoa-re Gypsy - 2013-07-02 22:00

      There is something called NFSAS MR, that's how you find a child coming from a family where there is nobody working, but go to university and get his 3years Degree. That child knows about NFSAS papa.

  • Ngwana Moafrika - 2013-07-01 23:41

    Is it true that he did that to himself? No final year student, father of a three month old son and finished the race. Something happened to this guy - it is said he disappeared for a while - seeing the bottle in his hand unable to explain bacause of the slit throat may have made people think he did that to himself. It is possible he fought the person who did that to him.

      Mello Maase - 2013-07-01 23:53

      u make a lot of sense. i wish u were the judge

      Crabclaw - 2013-07-02 05:48

      Perhaps someone didn't like the fact that he finished and qualified ? One less to compete for the few jobs on offer.

  • Lungisa Nhlakanipho Zondi - 2013-07-01 23:53

    Someone has got to tell us the truth about this guy!!

      Mello Maase - 2013-07-02 00:26

      if Zuma couldnt tel the truth about the Arms deal, the Marikana, the Nkandla, the Gupta, the TNA etc how do u expect the truth about a one poor man

  • Conrad Fra - 2013-07-02 01:39

    I just wanna know how did some of these fat asses women in my town finish that fitness test in time?

      Puleng Mabuya - 2013-07-02 16:15

      connection,bribe and sex.

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-07-02 03:37

    Such a sad story. However it was irresponsible of the transport depart to short-list over 15000 candidates for only 90 vacancies and not prepare for the high temperature for that day.

  • Roselyn Hector - 2013-07-02 06:57

    what is wrong with this article? suicide, really?

  • Taki Muhali Sadiki - 2013-07-02 07:19

    something is got to give here... I see murder.

  • LĂ©viter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-07-02 07:47

    With the unruly elements that hang around the stadium and park area that the POLICE are fully aware of, it is more likely he was murdered by one of those scavengers.

  • James Bird - 2013-07-02 08:20

    what happened to the other 7 people that died during the race?

  • Vinesh Moodley - 2013-07-02 08:20

    maybe, he didn't qualify after he refused to sign a pledge never to accept bribes. it would have reduced his expected salary by 80%. he must have been really CUT UP!

      Silenta Solly - 2013-07-02 08:58

      Look at this idiot.....smh

  • Tamlin Van Heerver - 2013-07-02 08:33

    Doesn't sound legit, its very rare to cut your throat with a broken bottle to commit suicide, wrists yes, throat hmmmm unlikely.. And then the most important thing, how the hell can the paramedics & a doctor say he commited suicide? I'm sure we've all watched enough CSI to know that only a coroner or CSI can determine WHO caused the death, not WHAT caused the death.

  • vinodh.maharaj.9 - 2013-07-02 08:56

    To James Bird - please retract your " coolie" statement

  • Gail Rieck - 2013-07-02 09:42

    This is a very sad story, but there are so many people out there unemployed. Not only because they are not properly educated but also because there are just not enough jobs to go around. I think children today should be taught the basics of starting up their own businesses and not expecting jobs to just land in their laps. I worked at an employment agency for a number of years, and interviewed plenty people who had studies for their BA or B.Com but were totally unemployable!! What needs to be done is to bring back the artisans, where schoolleavers can learn plumbing, electrical, panelbeating, mechanics etc. and once they've completed the course, can go on to open their own businesses. I think the problem here is that kids leaving school or 'varsity' are expecting to step into "high powered" jobs with huge salaries. We are churning out thousands of schoolleavers every year, and it's impossible to find employment for all of them!!!!

  • Midnite Man - 2013-07-02 11:14

    Which traffic-cop can run 4 kays these days ? Big beer-bellies....sitting, hiding away behind their vehicles....with a speed-gun in their hand....

  • Yvonne Homan - 2013-07-02 11:36

    @ Tamlin Van Heerver. Hi Tamlin I agree, it is very rare that you hear of these stories but it does happen. I suffer from Bi-polar and now and again I'm booked in for depression. Whilst I was in hospital about 3yrs ago and sitting in the social room (lounge) there was a gentleman there who slit his throat with a bread knife (thank goodness no damage done to his vocal chords) due to continual arguments with his wife. Judging by the plaster on his neck it looked liked he tried to cut himself from ear to ear. I later heard he was not a depressive type person, he just couldn't handle the arguments and at the same time was not prepared to go for counseling or a divorce. So sad.

  • Yvonne Homan - 2013-07-02 11:43

    @ Vinodh.Maharaj.9. With regards to your comment to James Bird regarding the "coolie" statement, you can report this matter. At the bottom of the story there is and I quote "Read News 24's Comments Policy" and it states and I quote again " publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment." Hope this is of help to you and prevents mud-slinging.

  • Busi Majova - 2013-07-02 12:33

    NO i don't buy the story that he killed him self .remember one thing he was in a sort of a competition that every one wanted to win so if he realy finished the race maybe someone saw him as a competition so he decided to take him off for good.i think on a matter like this you still need to do more investigation

  • JoesMouth - 2013-07-04 19:04

    I have never heard of anyone commiting suicide in this manner. How did he cut himself? If he poked one hole in his neck, then I would understand, but a long gash from one side to the other? NO! This guy was killed, mark my words! Suicide victims would do anything to eliminate having to feel pain during their deed, why then would this one inflict such agony on himself

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