KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize has the authority to appoint a commission of inquiry into the deaths of seven aspirant traffic officers in December, the DA said on Wednesday.
Democratic Alliance KZN spokesman Radley Keys said Mkhize had to notify the national government of his intentions, but did not need anyone's consent.
“His claim that he is unable to establish the commission holds no water and is a blatant delaying tactic,” Keys said.
On Tuesday, Mkhize said permission for a judicial inquiry had to be obtained at a national level, and there were “processes to go through” before it could be set up.
“It is almost two months since these young people died during an incompetently organised and gruelling candidate selection programme held in stifling heat,” Keys said.
“Yet, the commission has still not been launched and the families concerned are still waiting for answers.”
Keys called on Mkhize to treat the families which had lost loved ones with respect, and set up a commission with urgency. - Sapa