7 die during fitness test for traffic officer positions

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By: Eva Fett 

7 people died after participating in a fitness test to become a traffic officer in South Africa, according to police reports from South Africa.

According to press reports from South Africa, the provincial police are investigating the death of seven people who were seeking work and collapsed in the heat while undergoing a fitness test for posts as traffic officers.

The chief transport officer of KwaZulu-Natal transport, Willies Mchunu, has suspended testing in the meantime. The state-owned South African Broadcasting Corporation reported that 15,500 people took the fitness test, even though only 90 jobs were available.

They were forced to run four kilometers or 2.5 miles at temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit, seven people died and 230 people collapsed from dehydration and heat exhaustion. Some received hospital treatment.

Official statistics show that South Africa's unemployment rate is 25 percent, which indicates why so many applied for 90 jobs.