RTI fitness test inquiry continues

The pair had been charged with stock theft.
Photo: Supplied

The pair had been charged with stock theft. Photo: Supplied

The commission of inquiry into the deaths of eight people after a Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) job recruitment fitness test is expected to continue in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a doctor who testified that three people died of heat stroke after participating in the test said she was no longer certain of her conclusion.

Dr Carolyn Lee, the head of the intensive care unit at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, assessed two of the participants who died, Lungile Wambi and Ntuthuko Sibisi. Lee did not assess a third victim, Bongiwe Mbatha, but made her findings based on medical notes she received from Edendale Hospital.

After the transport department presented the blood and pathology results of the three participants on Tuesday, Lee said it was possible some of the participants could have had pre-existing conditions.

More than 34,000 people qualified to apply for 90 advertised RTI trainee posts. As part of the test, applicants participated in a four kilometre run at the Harry Gwala Stadium. A total of 15,600 applicants attended a fitness test on December 27 and a similar number on December 28.

The commission was appointed by KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize.



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