Seven Killed, Including One Suicide, During South African Traffic Police Fitness Test

Seven people, including Lenny Nxumalo, died after more than 15,000 took part in a South African traffic police fitness test held in 91.5F heat in order to win one of just 90 jobs with South African traffic police.

Telegraph:  The massive crowd of unemployed jobseekers, mostly aged between 18-20, took part in the test, held in a football stadium, after they each received text messages informing them they had been “shortlisted” for the coveted spots in the KwaZulu Natal regional traffic police department.

As part of the test, they were told they needed to complete 4km (2.4 mile) run within half an hour to meet the force’s minimum fitness level requirement.

But by the time they started running late last Thursday afternoon, temperatures inside Pietermaritzburg’s Harry Gwala stadium had climbed to 91.5F.

With many neither eating or drinking all day, and limited access to drinking water, six people were died after collapsing from heat exhaustion and dehydration during the run, of which six died. A seventh man reportedly killed himself when he learned he had not finished the race in time.

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 Seven Killed, Including One Suicide, During South African Traffic Police Fitness Test
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