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Blue light driver to be charged

2012-04-19 09:30

Johannesburg - The driver of the blue light vehicle that knocked West Rand teenager Thomas Ferreira off his motorbike, will be criminally prosecuted, and disciplined internally, according to a report on Thursday.

Joseph Modomai Semietjie, a member of the police service's VIP unit, was allegedly the driver of the BMW X5 transporting Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi on November 5 2011.

The deputy director of public prosecutions in Johannesburg, advocate Andrew Chauke, has ordered charges to be laid against Semietjie, a spokesperson from his office, Phindi Louw, told Beeld newspaper on Wednesday.

Further details of the exact charge could not yet be discussed, Louw said, because Semietjie had not yet received his summons.

Andrew Morton, who witnessed the accident, said on Wednesday that he had received at short notice a summons to attend a police service disciplinary hearing this week.

According to the daily newspaper, Semietjie's disciplinary hearing would start on Thursday.

Ferreira spent weeks in a coma after the accident, and faces intensive, expensive long-term rehabilitation.

Three days after the accident, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane promised publicly that the provincial government would cover Ferreira's medical costs, but she later backed out of her commitment.

Comments
  • WTF - 2012-04-19 09:35

    Good!!!!!!

      War Lord - 2012-04-19 09:46

      About F%&king time!!!!! Where are Thomas's medical costs????? When will this arrogant premier B!t&h ever live up to anything she says???????

      Genet - 2012-04-19 09:53

      @War Lord. Thankyou, you took the words out of my mouth. So right.

      Kobus - 2012-04-19 10:02

      Talk about cars, here is the website to sign a petition against the toll roads. Spread it to all your friends http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/dashr

      Marion - 2012-04-19 10:06

      @Warlord - The family has been referred to the Road Accident Fund.

      War Lord - 2012-04-19 10:10

      @Marion. It takes YEARS to get the RAF to even read an application!!!!!!!!! This isn't good enough!!! Why should the tax payers pay for the mistakes of these arrogant B@stards????? Why why why?????

      War Lord - 2012-04-19 10:14

      I HATE the ANC, Everybody that is involved in the organisation, every stealing corrupt piece of filth that is ruining our country! They can't even discipline Julius Malema and get rid of him. They allow a Primate from Zimpopo to destabilise the whole country! They are a Rotten disgrace to all South Africans!

      Kala - 2012-04-19 10:16

      Spot on War Lord. The Minister made a promise in public and on TV. She should be footing the bills personally. But I guess we all know what to make of promises made by members of the ANC. She should also be held accountable for the events leading to the accident. I'm pretty sure she did not once ask her driver to slow down or drive in accordance with the rules of the road.

      Marion - 2012-04-19 10:32

      @Warlord - not only does it take years but by the time the accident victim gets any payout it is negligible in my opinion. Fortunately have never had to claim but worked for a guy whose entire family was wiped out in an accident, including a baby. Not a cent of compensation was paid for the baby because it wasn't contributing to society / the economy or something along those lines. That was about 30 years ago though so maybe it is better now. Although the RAF was bankrupt at one point wasn't it?

      War Lord - 2012-04-19 10:34

      @Marion Yes they are CURRENTLY bankrupt! Probably bankrupt because of millions of false claims by corrupt filth that runs our country!

      Marion - 2012-04-19 10:39

      @Warlord - Don't attorneys also handle the cases for the victims and thus take a percentage of whatever payout there is? Sucks all round.

      War Lord - 2012-04-19 10:45

      @Marion. That is a BIG scam Marion. If they can afford those expensive TV ads, imagine how the poor victims get raided by them.

      War Lord - 2012-04-19 11:07

      LOL LOL Beefcake....@ shaking it!!!!

      Greg - 2012-04-19 13:54

      These Blue Light idiots need to be taken in hand, and preferably got rid of... charge the bloody MEC as well, where the hell was he in such a hurry to get to!?

  • Truth24 - 2012-04-19 09:36

    "criminally prosecuted, and disciplined internally" and he's special because?

      Michelle - 2012-04-19 09:47

      how is he special? this means be will have have to answer internally and to a magistrate fool.

      Truth24 - 2012-04-19 10:15

      Michelle, so are you saying the way he'll be prosecuted is the same for any other citizen who commit a similar offence? Are we all disciplined internally? Unless of course you meant the magistrate is going to give him a spanking and later 'internally' he'll get and even bigger spanking? Cause pretty much that what you're implying. But that would not make a lot of sense now would it? Because in what way would the internal spanking supercede that handed down by the magistrate? Wake up and cut down on the name calling. The only fool here is you.

      Marion - 2012-04-19 10:36

      @Truth24 - he has to be disciplined internally (although it has been way overdue!) because he was driving the vehicle as part of his job. The sanction arising out of that inquiry could be dismissal (should be in my opinion). The courts will deal with the accident. It will be interesting to see though what he will be charged with.

  • Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-04-19 09:37

    Internal = Sweep under carpet

      betsy.compaan - 2012-04-19 09:50

      Internal= Suspension with full pay

      sven.gohre - 2012-04-19 11:58

      Why was the dumb MEC, who obviously gave the driver an instruction to drive like a maniac with a "Blue-Light", not charged as an accomplice?

      valcooperRSA - 2012-04-19 13:02

      my sentiments exactly

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-04-19 09:40

    Give the bastich death by hanging!! As for the Premiers promise...typical...at best politicians are liars...at worst they are slightly above child molesters!!

      Foc - 2012-04-19 10:07

      You have a real 'admiration' for politicians .... ABOVE child molesters??

  • Peter - 2012-04-19 09:42

    Ah hah, looks like this one is not going under the carpet.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-19 09:43

    Some sense at last except for the "internal" part. We all know nothing comes of these internal disciplines! This clown should be charged with attempted murder at least!

  • ReportMe - 2012-04-19 09:44

    Report Bad Driving Online: www.ReportMe.co.za lets make our roads safe again.

  • nadia.chotu - 2012-04-19 09:44

    If I were the parent of this child, I would be suing the State!!! The driver was acting in the course and scope of his employement and the MEC was in the vehicle at the time, meaning that the MEC should and could have asked him to drive safely, but the MEC failed to! The MEC and the State are as guilty as the driver!!!They should all be held accountable!!!... oh but wait if if they had to pay....they would just steal from tax payers!!!! They are nothing but empowered thugs!!! Shameful!!!!

  • David - 2012-04-19 09:53

    Internal discipline??? Nothing will happen. But seeing is believing, they say this now but will it ever happen? Already the premier has backed down from her original statement about paying for medical treatment. All just lies as per normal.

  • Thokozane - 2012-04-19 09:53

    The MEC should have been charged as well, Joseph was not speeding on his own but was transporting his boss who was probably late for a meeting. The Premier must keep her promise and pay the medical bills for Thomas, she is lucky she was not sued.

      Eva - 2012-04-19 10:45

      She's next. If it was my son I'd sue til her ears bleed.

  • Mark - 2012-04-19 09:53

    HOW LONG AGO WAS THIS AND IT ONLY GOING TO HAPPEN NOW!jUSTICE MUST TAKE ITS TOLL AND I DONT HOPE HES GOING TO GETA SLAP ON HIS WRIST!

  • Anthony - 2012-04-19 10:04

    welcome to the new south africa, where politians cand their cohorts are above the law!!

  • E=MC2 - 2012-04-19 10:09

    "disciplined internally"... an ANC term for a 6 week suspension (with full pay)

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-04-19 10:13

    All in that car should be charged as well as the minister

  • Hannetjie - 2012-04-19 10:13

    Why is the driver only prosecuted now - months after the incident? And the Gauteng Premier, Nomvula mokonyane made a public statement to assist Thomas's family - please somebody hold her to it!!!1

  • Peter - 2012-04-19 10:14

    And why has it taken them so long to criminally charge him? He should have spent that night in jail, just like other drivers involved in not so serious accidents.

  • Jackie - 2012-04-19 10:19

    That took a lot of deliberation! Tough decision to press charges? Why?? It plain to see. MEC is also an idiot and should be charged as well - at least for aiding and abetting a criminal. Regardless of his job he was reckless. If she told him to speed he should have said no. Clearly these drivers arent being trained for defensive driving either. And I very much doubt that there is any conscience making them at least feel bad for what they have done.

  • Jannie - 2012-04-19 10:22

    WTF! The premier spent R6,5m in 2011 on two funerals of old "freedom fighters". Now they ruined the live of an innocent child through another act of terror. As soon as they realised it was a white child, they back track on a previous prommise to pay for his medical and rehab costs! Scumbags!

      Rob - 2012-04-19 10:33

      R6.5 MILLION on two funerals ! How the hell can that be ?

      Jannie - 2012-04-19 10:47

      Sorry. It was R5,9m. Go to: http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2012/04/03/gauteng-to-cap-funeral-costs

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-21 00:20

      You'll probably find that assisting white members of the public carries a lower priority than taking care of black people - even if the problem is of your own making.

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