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Case opened against MEC's driver

2011-11-09 15:27

Johannesburg - A case of reckless or negligent driving has been opened against the driver of Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's official vehicle, provincial police said on Wednesday.

"He was not arrested... and we are investigating. He may be issued with a warrant of arrest to appear in court," Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

"A warrant of arrest is not standard procedure for an accident."

Mmemezi's vehicle, a white BMW X5, knocked a teenager off his motorbike in Krugersdorp on the West Rand at the weekend. Thomas Ferreira, 18, had been driving to Randfontein to visit his girlfriend when the accident happened.

Eyewitness Lizanne van Wyk told Beeld newspaper that the BMW skipped a traffic light.

Critical condition


"We were in the turning lane and there was a taxi on our left. The guy in the BMW overtook the taxi on the yellow line. He jumped the red robot," she was quoted as saying.

"He had no sirens, but he did have flashing blue lights. Then I just heard a crash."

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

Mmemezi and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane visited Ferreira's home in Krugersdorp on Tuesday to offer support to his family. She agreed to help with his medical costs and anything else needed for his recovery.

The Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday that Mokonyane needed to take responsibility for the use of blue lights by her officials.

Laws

"The DA have successfully banned the use of blue light convoys in the Western Cape and Premier Mokonyane must do the same in Gauteng," provincial DA safety spokesperson Kate Lorimer said.

"Mokonyane's defence of the use of blue lights is completely unacceptable."

Lorimer said in terms of the National Road Traffic Act, vehicles being used for civil protection had to abide by certain laws. The vehicle had to be driven with "due regard to the safety of other traffic" and also use blue lights and sirens for the duration of the trip.

She said witnesses had reportedly seen blue lights flashing only when the car bypassed a taxi and went through a red robot.

"Feeble excuses about [being on the way to] a supposed emergency meeting are not good enough," Lorimer said.

Comments
  • Silver - 2011-11-09 15:33

    I was late this morning and had to drive over 6 pedestrians while breaking a few laws but it’s ok, I had my blue light on.... Pfff!

      Mike - 2011-11-09 15:52

      Our resident troll is back with yet another profile f...off

      ian.bosch - 2011-11-09 15:53

      they need to up their game to the internationally accepted civilised standards .. its easy really , you want ot eb treated like a human being, stop acting liuke a damn animal or savage

      Silver - 2011-11-09 15:55

      @Intra_National: .. and that gives the privileged blacks the right to run over you white boys while breaking the law? You guys want to level the playing field by driving over whites?

      Silver - 2011-11-09 15:59

      Wait a minute Intra_National , aren’t you the guy who convinced me that I’m superior to you because I’m white and you are a ugly black doll just the other day? You being the expert and all, you convinced me and I’m happy to accept your conclusion.

      Craig - 2011-11-09 16:03

      Eish @Intra_National I don't see your point. This has nothing to do with race or white privilege. A BMW X5 and its driver contravened the law by jumping a red light and maimed an 18 year old kid on a motorbike. Simple as that. Those that are responsible should be brought to book. Talk race all you want, but in this case it is purely down to the rule of law. If they get away with it then we can talk about how some poepalls are more equal than others.

      tristan.kilian - 2011-11-09 16:04

      Stop talking to him!

      tristan.kilian - 2011-11-09 16:06

      He pastes these wikipedia article comments all over the comments. He doesn't care what the article is about, as long as a lot of people are reading it. He's off topic and seriously irritating now.

      Silver - 2011-11-09 16:16

      Nope, not new Mike but I must admit thanks to “you know who” my superiority complex has grown huge. In fact each morning I go to the toilet I turn out white turds in honor of our resident troll. Brown or black turds will simply not do anymore. Besides he is good for a few laughs now and then.

      Craig - 2011-11-09 16:22

      @Mike, that is why you can hit the "Report Comment" button.

      tristan.kilian - 2011-11-09 16:27

      The report comment button doesn't work. I've hit it a hundred times already! :-)

      Omnivore - 2011-11-09 16:27

      Having read through some the troll's ramblings, I am actually somewhat concerned for his well-being. These mantras and strange metaphors, repeated over and over as facts e.g. "the numberless ball". The language bears some typical hallmarks of paranoid schizophrenia. He needs help or he might well end up harming himself or others.

      Mike - 2011-11-09 16:29

      Craig I've done that I hope the moderators just block his ip adress

      samgaf - 2011-11-09 16:41

      I hope the pedestrians were MEC drivers.Where can I get a blue light,this sounds like fun..

      Omnivore - 2011-11-09 16:41

      Yikes.

      Grant - 2011-11-09 17:41

      Intra-National is a troll. Just started posting random race-related drivel on completely un-related articles. Ignore it - its a troll!

      Myth - 2011-11-09 18:20

      @Intra: have your family given up listening to you? Feeling lonely, neglected and unwanted? I wonder why? Oh, by the way, the world is ruled by white men and always will be. You will never be free of them. There there, don't cry, it looks girly...

  • ShaunCro - 2011-11-09 15:33

    I honestly think that both the MEC and the driver should be charged! You telling me that the MEC has no say about how they driven to and from events!

      Fred - 2011-11-09 15:43

      Too right. The ANC cadres think they are some sort of royalty, way above and more important than us mere taxpaying peasants. This Humphrey fella is just a lowly and useless MEC.

      Teri - 2011-11-09 15:43

      That's just plain stupid. The Minister did not do anything. The driver should be charged. Please do away with your racist tendancies.

      Sedick - 2011-11-09 15:51

      I agree. She agreed to pay all medical costs, but not with her money, with our money as taxpayers. That is rich of her.....

      Omrisho - 2011-11-09 15:51

      @ Teri... if you are a passenger in a vehicle and the driver is being reckless and irresponsible, do you sit back and say go for it, or do you reprimand the driver for taking YOUR life and OTHERS in his hands??

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-09 15:57

      @Teri how is that racist, racist ? The minister probably told the driver to go through the red light ! And if the minister was interested in the well being on other road users he should have told the driver to slow down . So the minister is just as wrong as the driver ! They all should know better .....

      Grant - 2011-11-09 17:49

      @Teri-the-idiot: When somebody in your employ is doing something on your behalf, you become responsible for their actions, unless you can prove that they acted contrary to your instructions. Since the MEC was in the car at the time, it would be hard to argue that he wasnt aware of the drivers actions...

  • kenneth.corsar - 2011-11-09 15:38

    why just the driver, the registered owner and regular user should be charged as well - back seat drivers!! when they are late for their lunch meetings. BAN THE BLUE LIGHT, only for Heads of State on official business NO ONE ELSE

      Fred - 2011-11-09 15:58

      Not even for heads of state. I understand the president of Switzerland drives herself round in a modest car.

  • Piet - 2011-11-09 15:42

    He should be charged for attempted murder!

      StarStruck - 2011-11-09 15:50

      I agree 100%. Their attitude towards fellow drivers is an indication of their blatant disrespect and should not be tolerated.

  • Anthony - 2011-11-09 15:42

    Blue lights, No money, big parties what the hell are these government guys doing, If you ask me NO brains.

  • Machiavelli - 2011-11-09 15:43

    This are the same people we voted for with a hope that they will understand our needs because we are faced with the same problems-Traffic but it seems they have forgotten the power of the mass.

  • Shanna - 2011-11-09 15:43

    The parents must sue the so called minister and his driver as well as the municipality. I hope the young man recovers.

  • Mike - 2011-11-09 15:45

    These clowns can not manage a diary what chase have we got that they can manage our country. Surely the MEC should also be charged as me must have requested that the drive use the Blue lights.

  • Erich - 2011-11-09 15:45

    Ignoring a red traffic light + failure to engage siron + MEC being silent for a few days on his presence + failure to render assistance at scene of accident (MEC in The New Age stated he urgent official presence was required but did not elaborate on the nature of his urgent business) + Premier's generous (but dangerous undertaking) to help with medical expenses and anything needed for the unfortunate man's recovery without saying if she is going to do this with taxpayers' money. What else should a reckless driver do to escape arrest by means of a warrant which they say is 'not standard procedure'? EINA!

  • Annalise - 2011-11-09 15:45

    Dear Ms Mokonyana, Not just 'help' with his medical costs ...pay for everything. Why should the family's medical aid be depleted ? Your people, your responsability. RAF payout as well immediately

  • StarStruck - 2011-11-09 15:46

    Making an example of this guy is going to be the only way to send a message. Driving like a mampara should not be tolerated.

      Mike - 2011-11-09 15:55

      Fine him at least R100 000 suspend his license for 5 years, and a hefty suspended sentence.

  • tristan.kilian - 2011-11-09 15:47

    Their use of blue lights for non-emergency situations is like "crying wolf". It is going to make it harder for real emergency vehicles to get through traffic if most of the time it is the self-important government officials who are late for their plane or meeting. The public will soon stop moving aside and then one day it won't make a blind bit of difference what colour lights are flashing. The public will ignore it. They will get in the way. The use of blue lights MUST BE ILLEGAL unless for police.

  • ian.bosch - 2011-11-09 15:52

    since the MEC was alleged to have been in the car why is he not being charged with this culp as I am sure he gave the order for the driver to do what he did.. and why is it only a culp charge, he broke the law and killed someone .. he should be charged with murder.. bring back the death penalty..

      tristan.kilian - 2011-11-09 15:58

      Ian, is there a facebook group to bring back the death penalty? How do I vote for to bring back the death penalty?

  • Kevin - 2011-11-09 15:56

    Nail the thug . Sue the government to stop blue light convoys. fire all blue light escorts and sell the cars . anc , you are managing this country very badly.

  • Morgan - 2011-11-09 15:57

    Last week friday (as you know, everyone forgets how to drive in the rain) in stop start traffic, the ol famous blue lights came racing us behind us... everyone moved as much as they could out their way only to find out they were leading a bunch of advertised cars (so angry I didnt even notice what they were advertising) THE BLUE LIGHTS SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR FUN! THEY WILL LOOSE THEIR RESPECT VERY SOON!! AND THAT IS ALL DONE BY THEMSELVES!

      Sassenach - 2011-11-09 16:56

      Not lose their respect very soon. It went ages ago. @ Ian Can someone help here. I am sure that the death penalty was something that JZ was going to consider before his appointment as president. Somewhere this rings a bell. I found this: http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/traps/2008/03/08/zuma-and-the-death-penalty-referendum/

  • Paulus - 2011-11-09 15:57

    If anyone heard the interview John Robbie had with the MEC this morning, and still vote for a party that can deploy him to a senior position, they are truly blind. He was shocking.

  • Bonokwakhe - 2011-11-09 15:58

    They think they are super-important that is why they are behaving like this. I wish I can hand him over to the mob justice.

  • Shawn - 2011-11-09 16:02

    Both the driver of the vehicle and the politician are guilty of leaving the scene of an accident. The same law applies to all citizens of the country. The public demands that charges be laid against both individuals

  • Stefan - 2011-11-09 16:05

    Did anyone listen to 702 this morning? I *think* this is what I heard... 702 had an interview with Nomvula Mokonyane (Gauteng Premier) on her way back from visiting with the family of the injured boy yesterday, this while she (her driver) was speeding and making use of her own (the vehicle's) blue light. When asked if she was late for a meeting she said that she wasn't. WTF! Like I said, that's how I heard it. And Humphrey Mmemezi this morning saying that he and the premier *took time out of their busy schedules* to go and visit with the family... Again, WTF! Do you want us to feel sorry for you? Or, do you want a gold star? If you (or your driver) had not driven over the poor boy you wouldn't have had to "take time out of your busy schedules"... Anyway, left a bad taste in my mouth! The guy couldn't (wouldn't) even answer a question about why/when they use the blue lights. This has got to stop!

  • George - 2011-11-09 16:07

    And what about this MP guy sitting in the back. Did he not know they were speeding and said nothing the no good piece of worthless SH@T

  • Nick - 2011-11-09 16:13

    should be attempted murder that is as far from an accident as what malema is from intelligent ...........

  • Mike - 2011-11-09 16:13

    And lets all hold our breath while a just hearing takes place. Right.....

  • Falcovrod - 2011-11-09 16:18

    SHOULD BE ATTEMPTED MURDER CASE......NOT THE ABOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • foxiloxi - 2011-11-09 16:23

    Should be a case of attempted murder!!

  • rowan.maulson - 2011-11-09 16:29

    Unacceptable, It needs to be attempted murder for both the MEC and the driver.

  • Craig - 2011-11-09 16:31

    Those involved must be charged, that's the law and it must be applied irrespective, the courts have the duty to then decide !!

  • rowan.maulson - 2011-11-09 16:32

    Something else that occured to me... and I can't remember off the top of my head. Did the MEC and her driver leave the scene of an accident? If so, surely a warrant of arrest is standard procedure in that case?

  • samgaf - 2011-11-09 16:39

    Not arrested and reckless and negligent driving,if it was my son I will get the driver and run him over.

  • Stephanie - 2011-11-09 16:39

    "The DA have successfully banned the use of blue light convoys in the Western Cape..." Is this true? If so who does this ban apply to? (Forgive my ignorance, hopefully someone can answer this question). I've see a blue light convoy many mornings in Newlands - they go up Princess Anne on to the M3 towards town. Who does this convoy belong to? No sirens, just cars accompanied by cops and lots of flashing blue lights.

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-09 17:05

    In this particular case siren/no siren doesn’t make much difference. Put on a tight fitting helmet, get on a noisy bike and you’ll be lucky to hear a siren until it’s too late. The same goes for a well sealed car that has the music playing and the same goes for deaf drivers. One cannot put a siren on and then drive like a hooligan. If you look at the photos and note where the X5 ended up, it is pretty clear that the vehicle went through the intersection at high speed, never mind slowing down to see it was safe to cross. This driver just put his foot down and hoped for the best. If this happened in a first world country then the politician’s career would be over and the driver would be looking at jail time.

  • Pieter - 2011-11-09 17:23

    Hi Intra. Now that you have copied and pasted this irrelevant piece from Wikipedia ... what is your point? Someone acted totally against the law and almost killed a young person in the process. What on earth could have been so urgent for the MEC for Local Government and Housing to attend to that could have justified this? I can't wait to hear what urgent matter awaited him.

  • donnaveen.howe - 2011-11-09 17:32

    This is a disgrace. Who does he think he is? Sick and tired of these little "Gods" driving roughshod over our laws and the people of S.A. Hope the family sue the pants off him.

  • Raeez - 2011-11-09 18:25

    It seems that any idiot can find an argument on the net to support their viewpoint. Typical!

  • Andre - 2011-11-10 00:17

    Petition: Banning Blue Light Brigades http://www.turnitaround.co.za/petition/17/banning-blue-light-brigades

  • Debbie - 2011-11-10 00:31

    The only people who should have any lights flashing on the road are ambulance services..in emergencies, police in high-chase...in emergencies and fire engines...in emergencies. Otherwise, no other flashing lights, blue pink or purple! I am furious that a young man is suffering in hospital because of these fools who think they own the road. It is sickening! You better start praying that this young man does not die.

  • Juan - 2011-11-10 11:45

    I find it surprising that all of a sudden the MEC was in the vehicle... Does the MEC think the general public is that stupid? And even if the MEC was in the vehicle, was there a crisis that the general public should know about, warranting the defiance of traffic rules?

  • Juan - 2011-11-10 11:45

    I find it surprising that all of a sudden the MEC was in the vehicle... Does the MEC think the general public is that stupid? And even if the MEC was in the vehicle, was there a crisis that the general public should know about, warranting the defiance of traffic rules?

      Theo - 2011-11-18 16:15

      I another country this is called "HIT AND RUN " normally the drivers and anybody envovled is arrested for this offence , IF the MEC is envolved this is called Urgent meeting and whisked away for his personal safety ??

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