Cops can’t confirm that Lonehill taxi driver also hit boy (7)

2011-09-24 10:33

Gauteng police could not confirm a report today that a taxi driver, who hit and dragged a Johannesburg advocate, had admitted to crashing into a seven-year-old boy two months ago.

“I cannot confirm that. We have no information of that sort,” said Warrant Officer Balan Muthan.

He said that Matome Thamage (30) would have been profiled when he was arrested last Tuesday, and his identity number would have been checked for previous transgressions.

In an affidavit to a legal firm representing the Road Accident Fund, Thamage admitted to hitting Omphemetse Edward Mathobela on July 19 in Diepsloot, the Beeld reported.

According to Thamage’s affidavit, he accidentally hit the boy after he picked up several passengers.

He immediately stopped and took the boy a fire station and called the boy’s grandfather.

The boy was admitted to Kalafong hospital in Atteridgeville.

Thamage said the police never investigated the case, even though he had reported it at the Diepsloot police station.

The boy’s mother, Ruth Mathobela, said her son had to return to hospital again next week.

“The doctor said he had probably suffered brain damage.”

Thamage was granted bail of R5 000 by the Randburg Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He faces charges of attempted murder and reckless or negligent driving after his taxi hit and dragged advocate Kim McCusker (25) about 700 metres in Lonehill last Tuesday.

McCusker was on the way to the gym with her fiancee Lourens Grobler when the taxi almost struck the back of their car.

Thamage has claimed that he sped away after being assaulted by Grobler and that he did not notice that McCusker was stuck under the vehicle.

Beeld reported that Constable Naudé Mathe, the investigating officer in the McCusker case, testified on Wednesday that Thamage had not been prosecuted for any other criminal cases.

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