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Blue light victim still comatose

2011-11-22 15:03

Johannesburg - An 18-year-old who was hit, allegedly by a government vehicle flashing blue lights, remained in a coma in a private hospital in Krugersdorp, the Democratic Alliance in Gauteng said on Tuesday.

"He's still in a coma and in a serious condition," said DA Gauteng caucus leader Jack Bloom.

Thomas Ferreira was riding his motorbike to visit his girlfriend in Randfontein when he was allegedly hit by the official vehicle of Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi in Krugersdorp on November 5.

He was admitted to hospital in a critical condition with swelling and haemorrhaging of the brain and fractures of the arm, leg and face.

Bloom said that Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane refused on Monday to answer questions in the provincial legislature on where the car was rushing to when the accident happened.

"She would not confirm or deny that... Mmemezi was going to an ANC political school meeting in Soweto, an allegation provided to me by a source," he said.

Bloom said Mokonyane had replied that the logbook of the vehicle was part of an investigation and that this information would be revealed once the investigation was complete.

Bloom said there was "rampant abuse" of "blue lights" in Gauteng and he called for their use to be curbed.

Comments
  • Jou_Ma - 2011-11-22 15:09

    I understand that even criminals have rights (only in Africa), but FFS, he was not ALLEGEDLY hit by a government vehicle, he was hit by a government vehicle. The fact that something that happened and was admitted needs to be tip-toed around is BS. It is not just the new information bill that needs to be looked at...

      Grim - 2011-11-22 15:41

      ssshhh your freedom of speech has been taken away and its now 'allegedly' the blue lights and ANC are free to do as they please. THE LAWS NEED TO CHANGE IN SA. START THE UPRISING.. LETS THROW OUT THE ANC.

      fishycraig - 2011-11-22 15:46

      Pretty soon they will be saying he is allegedly comatose.

      Ann - 2011-11-22 15:58

      This is tragic and I urge everyone to please sign this very important petition as soon as possible. http://www.turnitaround.co.za/petition/17/banning-blue-light-brigades These guys must not get away with their negligence!

      Freddie - 2011-11-22 16:22

      Ssshhh... he was only allegedly injured... what a bunch of tools the ANC are!!!

      jaco.duplessis2 - 2011-11-22 16:51

      You sure this is not classified info?

  • Evan - 2011-11-22 15:10

    With the new secrecy bill you wont be able to report this News24 as it involves a Government vehicle!

  • Paas - 2011-11-22 15:17

    After the passing of the Protection of Information bill into law, this report will either read as follows: A counterrevolutionary youth on a motorcycle deliberately blocked the passage of Comrade MEC's vehicle while the Comrade MEC was en route to urgent business. The brave Cadre driver took action to protect the life of Comrade MEC and deliberately collided with the counterrovultionary youth's motorcycle, thus ensuring that the life of the Comrade MEC was spared and he can continue to provide the People's Republic with valuable and selfless service. OR as follows: Schoolboy Thomas Ferreira is still in a critcal condition after being knocked off his motorcycle by -C----E-----N-----S-----O-----R----E---D

      Evan - 2011-11-22 15:24

      Bwahahahaha..!!! Well said!!

  • Nathan - 2011-11-22 15:26

    one day one day they are going to come across the wrong person............

  • Jozan - 2011-11-22 15:39

    Allegedly? I don't like where this is going.

  • Atholl - 2011-11-22 15:48

    An 18-year-old who was hit, {{allegedly}} by a government vehicle flashing blue lights Allegedly? when photos and bystanders witnessed the incident ?? ... Mmemezi was going to an ANC political school meeting ... i'm sure that rent-a-busload can provide a number of useful witnesses to attune the accuracy of this 'meeting' - as if the 'meeting' has anything to do with the {{alleged}} accident.

  • Siotine - 2011-11-22 16:00

    Novula and mmemezi I hope your child goes through the same fate! How sick is that, that a person you do not know would like that upon you. its sad, because the two of you are sad people. And the only way you will learn is if it happens to your child. Kharma is coming to get you:)

  • Shirley - 2011-11-22 16:07

    EVERYTHING the anc does os MORE important than anything/anyone else! That includes HUMAN LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gerald - 2011-11-22 16:49

    In an ongoing criminal investigation information does not get disclosed if it will hamper the investigation or unfairly prejudice the investigated, I don't see in this case how that disclosure would impact on either. Even if the mec was attending a meeting with the president he should have taken into cognissance the fact that he is not the only motorist and actually leave timeously and respect the traffic laws and fellow road users

  • Heinrich - 2011-11-22 17:30

    http://bit.ly/vdAF30 Anybody not yet signed the petition ? It is going on to 30 000 names now.

  • Deepchund - 2011-11-22 18:41

    Blue light drivers think they are above the law. Maybe it is time to hunt these maniacs down to their residence and take them on a "JOY RIDE". Where are the Batho Pele principles Nomvula,ie. openness / transparency. Another Zimbabwe born on the African continent.North Africa is in turmoil because of dictatorship and greed, the south will have its turn.

  • Dorothea - 2011-11-22 20:23

    i cannot imagine the anger and despair that this boy's parents must be going through. these idiots make me ill. how millions of people vote for these morons still baffles me....

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