No action yet against officials behind botched RTI testing

2016-04-15 12:15

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Pietermaritzburg - Although the families of the 2012 RTI recruitment disaster victims have received monetary reimbursement, they are still waiting for justice.

More than four years since the day when eight hopeful Road Traffic Inspectorate recruits died during a fitness test at the Harry Gwala stadium in Pietermaritzburg, the investigation into the actions of senior managers co-ordinating the event has yet to be completed, and no disciplinary action has yet been taken.

Reporting on the progress of the commission of inquiry into the incident, Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu said yesterday that the report is now at Premier Senzo Mchunu’s office, awaiting his “input and guidance”.

Mchunu was speaking at his department’s budget vote yesterday, where he briefed the Cabinet on the progress of the inquiry.

Mchunu said the department had paid R10 000 each to all 18 recruits who suffered injuries and had been hospitalised. These monies were paid in February 2015, almost three years after the tests.

The 19th recruit, Thamsanqa Dlamini (25), who spent two months in hospital after collapsing when he completed the mandatory four-kilometre run, was paid R100 000 in April 2015.

An amount of R300 000 was paid to the parents of each dead recruit as a form of “monetary reparation” in June last year.

Mchunu said the total amount recommended by actuaries in respect of the five families whose dependants qualified for claims for loss of support was R2 649 745, which was paid in July and August last year.

However, even though the bereaved families and injured recruits have been reimbursed, no action has yet been taken against officials responsible for conducting the tests in extreme heat.

“The department appointed an independent firm to investigate the basis for instituting disciplinary measures against officials involved in the recruitment process,” Mchunu said in his speech yesterday.

“The report has been submitted to the premier for his input and guidance.”

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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