Mmusi sets record straight

Thomas Mmusi PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Thomas Mmusi PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

Defence and Security minister, Thomas Mmusi has set the record straight in Parliament that there is no requirement for applicants to run an 11-kilometre (km) marathon to join the country’s disciplined forces.

The minister was responding to a question by Member of Parliament for Tonota and Deputy Speaker, Pono Moatlhodi last week. Moatlhodi had asked the minister if it is indeed true that applicants have to go through an 11km marathon and added that what the ministry is doing is nefarious if they require one to run the distance.

“If the applicants are subjected to run an 11km marathon as part of the interview, does the minister realise that this is an exploitation of our fellow countrymen and women who may lack the athletic capability and endurance?” Moatlhodi asked in Parliament. In response to Moatlhodi’s question, Mmusi told Parliament that it was far from the truth. “It is not true that applicants joining disciplined forces are subjected to run some 11km marathon as part of the interview,” responded Mmusi.

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