Blue light victim 'will never be the same'

2015-01-29 15:07
Paul Ferreira, father of Thomas Ferreira, is seen with other family members during the sentencing of blue light driver Joseph Motsamai Semitjie at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Paul Ferreira, father of Thomas Ferreira, is seen with other family members during the sentencing of blue light driver Joseph Motsamai Semitjie at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The family of Thomas Ferreira, who was seriously injured after being knocked off his bicycle by a blue light driver, say he will never be the same again, Netwerk24 reported on Thursday.

On Wednesday, blue light driver Joseph Motsamai Semitjie was sentenced to five years in prison for "destroying" young Ferreira's life.

The former driver of Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi hit Ferreira while going through a red traffic light in November 2011. He was found guilty of reckless and negligent driving on 3 December.

Head injuries

Ferreira was 18 at the time of the accident. He suffered serious head injuries and was in a coma for weeks.

In September last year, the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court heard that Ferreira will not recover any further from his injuries.

A neurologist testified that "there will be no further meaningful recovery", explaining that the brain has a limited period to recover. He also testified that Ferreira would struggle to find a job or live on his own. He is impulsive and has mood swings, so would also struggle to have a relationship, according to the neurologist.

Ferreira's parents told Netwerk24 that he no longer shows emotion, which is difficult for them to deal with. According to his mother, Thomas does not show love, empathy or gratitude. He does not cry or display any of the personality traits he had before the accident. He is a different person, she said.

Before the accident, he was full of energy, and enjoyed abseiling, rock climbing and cycling, she added.

Ferreira's sister, Danielle, told Netwerk24 she and her brother no longer had the same relationship they enjoyed beforehand. He gets jealous when she goes out with friends, as he does not want to sit at home.

The family said outside the court that their lives had been destroyed by the accident. However, they told Netwerk24 that they had forgiven Semitjie, saying hate will not change anything, or return Thomas to the person he was before the accident.

 

Read more on:    thomas ferreira  |  johannesburg  |  blue light incidents

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
26 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.