The number of deaths in the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) recruitment road run tragedy has risen to three, the Mail and Telegraph has learnt.
The Mail and Telegraph exclusively reported on Tuesday that two male candidates died at the Robert Mugabe International Airport during a 10km road run which was part of the recruitment process of potential candidates for CAAZ security guard positions.
Nine of potential candidates were rushed to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals after developing health complications and were reported to be in critical condition.
The latest victim is part of the nine potential candidates who suffered medical casualties in the road run.
The identity of the deceased can not be revealed as the next of kin has not yet been advised and the CAAZ authorities were not available for comment on Friday.
After our report on Tuesday , CAAZ authorities later issued a statement confirming the tragedy and conveying their condolences but did not state the cause of the deaths.
“It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce that during the recruitment exercise two potential male candidates suffered some medical casualties as a result of the road run,” the authority said.
However, our impeccable sources revealed that the conditions in which the candidates are exposed to prior to the road run played a major role in the subsequent tragedy.
“Imagine, these people reported for the recruitment process in the morning and you know how food is expensive at the airport and we are talking of jobless people who are looking for security guard positions.The process was slow and they only started the road run after mid-day in the scorching hot sun and there was no water or any form of refreshments provide.I think government must look into this issue.There were more than 1200 candidates,” revealed our source.