‘We all want to see closure’

2015-05-06 10:07
Willies Mchunu

Willies Mchunu

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PROGRESS is being made in compensating the victims of the RTI’s botched recruitment exercise in 2012, but families of the eight people who died are still waiting.

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu said in a statement yesterday that he is satisfied with the progress made in implementing the recommendations of the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) Commission of Inquiry.

The commission was set up after the death of the eight prospective RTI recruits as well as many others who were hospitalised during a botched fitness trial at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg in December 2012.

Last week, Mchunu tabled a report at the KZN Legislature where he reflected on measures taken to implement the commission’s recommendations.

Among steps taken by the Department of Transport in implementing the recommendations are:

• 19 applicants who were hospitalised and suffered trauma received compensation of R10 000.

• R100 000 compensation has been made to one applicant who was hospitalised for a long period of time.

• Specific matters with possible criminal implications have been referred to the SAPS for further investigation.

• Probe into the institution of internal disciplinary proceedings still continues and is being conducted by an independent party.

• The development of the RTI recruitment policy is in progress.

“The regrettable and unfortunate incident of December 2012 remains a painful tragedy that should never happen again. Since the release of the commission’s findings, we have made progress in implementing the recommendations. We all want to see closure on this matter,” said MEC Mchunu. “We acknowledge that this matter has taken longer than anticipated, however it had to be done thoroughly and correctly to bring closure to the affected families,” he said. — WR

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