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.
- SAPA
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