PMB 2012 December Tragedy

DEATH OF SEVEN PEOPLE IN THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS FOR KZN TRAFFIC POLICE

KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) is disturbed by the deaths of seven people on Thursday and Friday 27 and 28 December 2012 in Pietermaritzburg. We extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the families of those who have lost love ones. We affirm the swift action taken by the MEC for Transport, Community Safety Willis Mchunu to suspend all recruitment,

KZNCC calls upon the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Zweli Mkhize and MEC for Transport, Community Safety Willis Mchunu in addition to a Police investigation, to set up an Independent Commission of Enquiry to:

  • Establish the cause of the deaths
    • Review the recruitment process (How can 34000 people be short listed for 90 trainee

posts?)

Establish how well trained the recruitment officers and fitness instructors are for this

task?

Lack of basic first aid and water facilities.

Find appropriated ways to support the affected families while the investigations are

going on.

We request that this proposed Independent Commission of Enquiry include members of the Religious community.

We weep with those who weep at this time.

Yours faithfully

Bishop Mike Vorster

Chairperson: KwaZulu Natal Christian Council (KZNCC).