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Gauteng MEC was in car which hit teen

2011-11-08 16:31

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on Tuesday confirmed that Local Government and Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi was in the car which hit a Krugersdorp schoolboy while allegedly speeding.

Thomas Ferreira, 18, who is being treated at Krugersdorp Hospital, reportedly is in a critical condition with swelling and haemorrhaging of the brain, and fractures of the arm, leg and face.

It was earlier reported that he was in a coma.

Mmemezi was not injured, said the premier's spokesperson, Xoli Mngambi, who added that his bodyguard was with him in the car.

Thomas was on his way to his girlfriend when the accident happened.

Mokonyane on Tuesday visited Thomas' family.

She promised that the provincial government would help pay his medical expenses.

The Ferreira family on Tuesday asked that the media give Thomas space to recover.




Comments
  • marazor - 2011-11-08 16:36

    What makes MECs think they are more important than others...? Now a young promising man facing a bleak future, if at all.... Sickening

      rbphiri - 2011-11-08 16:54

      Skipping a red light! Since when are state vehicles exempted from traffic rules and regulation. Why is it that a majority of officials in high positions have a tendency of being pompous and arrogant minded towards our laws? Should we assume the position grants one with immunity or certain powers that make them impervious to any form of prosecution?

      Pieter - 2011-11-08 17:11

      I smell a nice lawsuit brewing here.

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 17:27

      I don't believe this!!!!! They are going to pay his medical expenses. What they mean is THE TAX PAYER WILL BE PAYING FOR THEIR RECKLESS NEGLIGENCE! And if the family sues them (which I hope they do) again it will be tax payer that foots the bill. We just pay and pay and they spend and spend! I will start my petition against this government and its spending on Friday and I pray all of you stand by me!

      Foc - 2011-11-08 17:28

      The problem is the Law-Suit will be through the Road Accident Fund (which is bancrupt anyway) and that is made up by fuel levies that YOU and I pay for .... the driver AND the MEC should be sued in their private capacity as the driver acts on instructions .... I will be SO ashamed if I was part of this government OR an ANC supporter ... SAD SAD!!

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 17:32

      @Foc. Me too. I hang my head in shame for these politicians! They are an absolute disgrace!

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 17:36

      @Mike. Sir, I really take exception being called a darkie! Don't stereotype us. There are many of us that are law abiding citizens and are fighting hard to change this country for the better for ALL of us.

      Mike - 2011-11-08 17:49

      Vusi they can't sue the govt they can only bring a civil suit against the Road Accident Fund and are precluded from any other form of civil suit, they can only charge the driver for reckless and negligent driving

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 17:53

      @Mike. Mike who pays to have a Road Accident fund, if it isn't the tax payer? Every litre of petrol you put in your car is taxed!

      Mike - 2011-11-08 18:22

      Vusi I'm not disagreeing with you it's just a point of law than you don't have the common law right to sue the driver, but yes it's all taxpayers money

      eric.vanvuuren - 2011-11-08 18:25

      I'll gladly give my tax rands towards this guys medical bills. At least there is some valeu in seeing your hard erned rand going too good work. Leave the boy to heal, but, follow this 'mongril idiot' that drove that car so reclessly. And the one that gave the order.

      Mike - 2011-11-08 18:25

      Vusi looks like the other mike deleted his comment, good move!

      John - 2011-11-08 18:44

      Is Humphrey Mmemezi IN JAIL? So the roads are not safe? Association of National Criminals! Abortion Murder Genocide!

      Alta - 2011-11-08 18:53

      @ Vusi. You are so right, The tax payer will pay as always but the arrogance that is shown by those in gov is just deplorable, this is a kids life. Will help with the medical bills.??? I asl you what possible HOUSING issue could justify recless driving? just sick sick sick.

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 19:40

      @Mike. Thanks Mike for helping me right. I am a bit tired and very worked-up about this incident, because I have been a victim of the Blue Light Hooligans on many occasions on the M1. The other Mike could have removed his remark or News24 could have removed it. News24 is actually very good in that respect and don't allow racial remarks of that nature on here. @Alta. Yes Alta please tell me what possible housing matter could have been this important? A party maybe??????? @Eric. Sadly Eric brain damage is matter of concern. Hence my anger about the issue and the lack of comments on here from the ANCYL that are always ready to attack me. There are only a few of us "blacks" that are outraged by this and that is an even bigger concern for me. We should ALL be up in arms about this because the hooliganism of the Bluer Light Brigade is nothing else but a blatant display of people that are telling the world they come from nothing, but once they have a BMW, their display of power means more to them than a young man's life!

      Izaan - 2011-11-09 12:55

      VUSI FOR PRESIDENT!!!!

      Shannon - 2011-11-09 13:20

      @Vusi....FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!

      tristan.kilian - 2011-11-09 15:30

      Vusi for president? I think we are going a little too far here. But I do think his comments are awesome. Vusi - are you politically connected? You could do wonders in government. A young, level-headed person like you gives me hope for the future of this country.

  • tristan.kilian - 2011-11-08 16:37

    You are only allowed to skip a red light when you are a bona fide emergency vehicle and only when it is safe to do so. You cannot simply drive through. You are not allowed to endanger another life on your way to the emergency scene. Blue light official vehicles are not EMERGENCY vehicles and cannot skip red lights. They are breaking the law when they do so. They must be prosecuted.

      PeggySven - 2011-11-08 17:02

      Tristan, the MEC's and MP's break the law every time they use their "Blue Lights" as only emergency vehicles are allowed to use blue lights and sirens to make motorists move out of the way. These Dick-heads are illegally using Blue Lights and have even shot at motorists, or intimidated them by driving in a manner as to cause serious accidents. The CancER government officials believe that they are Royalty, or "Gods" once they are unelected to parliament or Provincial bodies, as they are appointed by Party Lists (the CancER is a great Party, seeing they spend R billions of taxpayers money on staging them).

      James - 2011-11-08 17:54

      @ Tristan, I agree with you 100%, years ago in the UK I use to drive for a taxi company that had an agreement to do emergency collection and delivery of blood for our local Hospital, and I did many of these runs, but we were instructed that if we were going to speed or pass red robots only do so, and I repeat, ONLY DO SO IF IT IS SAFE AND DOES NOT ENDANGER OTHER ROAD USERS, I did this voluntary work for many years and not once was there an accident, and we touched speeds of over 160kmh. If people learnt to drive properly and with due care and attention then speed does not kill, the driver kills through recklessness.

      Sassenach - 2011-11-08 18:58

      And now they conveniently say the biker was speeding. There's proof that the a--hole ran a red light, where's the proof the biker was speeding. Anything to put the blame on others.

      Terence - 2011-11-09 12:43

      In actual fact, no-one, in any situation, is allowed to skip a red light - not even an ambulance racing to an accident scene. Even they, by law, have to stop at a red light. If deemed safe to then proceed, they may. The point is, that even an ambulance has to stop at a red light. Our government (if you can call what they do "govern"), believe that they are above the laws that they put in place. Shame on them all and anyone who voted them into power.

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

      @ Terence, I was more or less saying that. No-one can simply drive through...

  • marazor - 2011-11-08 16:39

    God forbbid, one day these morons will crash into their own children!!

      Craig - 2011-11-08 17:00

      Kindda wish they would.

      Burtfred - 2011-11-08 17:57

      Some of them don't even know who their children are, or who the father was.

      Jenny - 2011-11-08 20:59

      @Burtfred. What exactly is the point of your stupid racist comment? Or are you always an idiot?

  • Danie - 2011-11-08 16:39

    Life in Prison for misusing your powers, Blue light brigaeds are power hungry people and must be stopped...

  • Jo - 2011-11-08 16:40

    If Thomas does not recover fully and needs special care for the rest of his life, then I hope that Humphrey will pay for that out of his own pocket (the contents of which is tax payers' money, anyway)

  • mariuskowie - 2011-11-08 16:43

    I see red when I read this report. Jumping red lights is criminal.

  • Bianca - 2011-11-08 16:44

    No matter who you are, you should not be allowed to speed or break the law in order to get to where you need to be on time or early. Speed limits and traffic rules and regulations are in place for a reason.

  • Neville - 2011-11-08 16:44

    No respect for life SUE THEM

  • rowan.maulson - 2011-11-08 16:45

    There is only one outcome that will be acceptable in this situation in my opinion. Both the driver and the MEC must be charged with attempted murder, as well as being stripped of their positions.

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 20:01

      It won't happen Rowan. He probably took delivery of a new X5 today with your tax money, got into the car, turned on the blue lights and is merrily running riot in the streets again. This is why our country is in the mess it is. How responsible is a man that serves in this position and drives or orders his driver to drive in this unlawful manner?????

  • Guy - 2011-11-08 16:45

    What is with these highspeed convoys, these politicians lives are not in any danger, so why the offensive driving.. STOP THE BLUE LIGHT CONVOYS, they are dangerous........or someone will!

  • Nyati_Photo - 2011-11-08 16:46

    Does not mean they can take the law into their own hands - both driver and MEC should be locked up and the keys thrown away !!

  • Billy - 2011-11-08 16:47

    I experienced a blue light convoy near Standard Bank head office yesterday morning. 7-8 black BMW's with blue lights driving at s[eed through the heavy traffic like the absolute f&^%ing criminals they are, drivers hanging out the windows shaking their arms and fists at cars that didn't move over quickly enough. A classic sign of a tinpot dictator-ruled banana republic.

  • Richard Stockenström - 2011-11-08 16:47

    How can we make these animals accountable?! What can we do? I want to know, because it's getting worse and worse! And I feel dirty even reading that the people voted into power in this country are the worst criminals! I bow my head in shame watching the international reports about these people. I want to do something! The GOVERNMENT will pay the family's expenses!? Out of a hat!? NO! Sure as hell they should be paid! The MEC must fork out the money from his own fat pocket! My taxes don't get paid for animals in blue-light BMWs to flout the law and get away scot free! DISGUSTING!

      Jenny - 2011-11-08 21:00

      Not fair on animals.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-08 16:48

    How sweet-they will pay the medical expenses!!! They should be sued!!! THese buffoons ride around like they have God in the back seat and are on their way to perform the raising of Lazarus. Money doesnt make up for the pain and suffering,they dont even know the prognosis. These blue light convoys are so filled with self worth....cant stop...too dangerous. Dont flatter yourselves,youre not worth it!

  • tfidytek - 2011-11-08 16:49

    Firstly, they cannot govern properly and secondly , they have finally injured someones kid seriously. With all the problems the blue light brigade has caused in the past, I hope that finally the s__t will hit the fan and they get disbanded. Perhaps we should stage a protest by parking them in for a day in their offices and forcing them to take public transport back to their mansions. Hopefully they will be scared sh___less.

  • kosmonooit - 2011-11-08 16:49

    Let's hope the MEC looses everything he has in a personal lawsuit - enough of these God complexes!

  • Dirk - 2011-11-08 16:50

    Again, our rulers, and I mean rulers, not our leaders (because leaders they are not) believe that they are above the law. It sickens one to read crap like this. Did this happen with anyone else, they would have been charged straight away with Attempt of Murder. This ruler is probably sitting with his fatcat ass drinking beer at an expensive restaurant wondering what all the fuzz is about.

  • Bokfan - 2011-11-08 16:51

    Stop the bluelight murderers. Good luck kid my best hopes for you and your family.

  • stefan.grundlingh - 2011-11-08 16:51

    The sooner Blue Light Convoys are made illegal countrywide, the better. How about a PUBLIC OUTCRY!!!!!!!!!!!!

      rlmbennett - 2011-11-08 19:08

      I think Blue Light Convoys have already been outlawed in the Western Cape. Can anybody confirm this, and if so why can't or won't the other provinces follow suit?

  • Deon - 2011-11-08 16:51

    The MEC should also be blamed, how can they allow your driver to pass on the left lane and skip robots?

  • an0nthinker - 2011-11-08 16:53

    Provincial govern.ent shouldn't be paying for medical expenses. The people in the car must personally pay! And no talk of a case being opened either. Jumping a red light is illegal!! Bring them book and make them pay!

  • Anton - 2011-11-08 16:53

    The Press need to ask what the emergency was and where he was going. If he cannot prove it was an emergency and that he needed to be speeding then they both should be tried for attempted murder

      tristan.kilian - 2011-11-08 16:59

      If you aren't an emergency vehicle then you cannot skip a red light. Simple. Those blue light cars aren't emergency vehicles. Emergency vehicles are police cars, ambulances and fire engines. Someone show me the law that makes these official government transport vehicles "emergency" vehicles.

      Dirk - 2011-11-08 17:01

      Anton, the real question is what is so important for ANY politician to have and emergency that cannot be handled over the phone/cellphone. There is no justification that this MEC can bring to light for this youngster to be in a coma! It is the same as him pulling out a gun and shooting him point blank. Like drunk drivers, if you break the law and cause accidents, you are a killer! (Pun from the boards)

      Dirk - 2011-11-08 17:07

      @Tristan - You're right. Emergency vehicles rush to save a life. Blue brigade rush to take a life!

  • Craig - 2011-11-08 17:00

    I wish these people would stop lying about EVERYTHING. This morning the said car was empty, now i read the minister was in it. Is the new version a cover-up because if the MEC was in the car, that makes running a red light totally acceptable and no further prosecution necessary...? Thus, the motorcyclist was in the wrong place at the wrong time 'cos MEC's have the right of way?

  • Gavin - 2011-11-08 17:03

    if you want to know why the world is in such a mess it's because we elect/appoint leaders whose moral compasses went into the fire years ago just after they sold their souls to the devil. let me guess what this moron will do next - go on extended sick leave until the sh1t storm blows over then return to office as a hero. yes, that is an iceberg you can see on the horizon....

  • Jackie - 2011-11-08 17:05

    "She promised that the provincial government would pay for his medical expenses." with whose taxes are you going to be paying for the boy's medical expenses nomvula? its as if your gesture to pay with tax payers money minimizes the damage and grief you have caused the poor family. you people have lost the plot completely, your blue light gangs have always been an accident waiting to happen and you continue to condone their criminal acts. i dont hear you condemning the driver and or the mec involved.

  • bonginkosik - 2011-11-08 17:06

    Does that make it right that the stupid MEC was in the car?

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-11-08 17:13

    There is a serious case of misinformation here. The minister's office is trying to pull a fast one. First he was in the vehicle then he wasn't and then he was again. They are trying to spin us a bullsh1t story. Obviously there is more to the story and I call for an investigation because it couldn't have been so urgent if they waited for the police to arrive. Bunch of underhanded liars.

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-11-08 17:15

    By the way the minister should commit to paying all the medical bills for the rest of this child's life.

  • william - 2011-11-08 17:24

    Lock the MEC and the driver up for the rest of there miserable lives!! so sorry for the boy and his family!!!

  • TedHaller69 - 2011-11-08 17:26

    Nomvula Mokanyane - just who the hell do you think you are that the tax paying residents of this country should fit the bill for your over-inflated ego and misguided delusions of grandeur. Both you and Humphrey should pay for this poor kids medical expenses for the rest of his life out of your own pockets (even though your salaries are paid for by the tax paying residents of this countr). Both of you should also be fired and charged with attempted murder. Just who the hell do you people think you are? Both you you should absolutely ashamed of yourselves - you make me sick!

  • nickiv - 2011-11-08 17:33

    out of respect the MEC should resign. a boy is in a critical state because she abused her authority

  • Owen - 2011-11-08 17:33

    If I was the parent of the victim i will wait for the kids of the culprits and send them to wheel chair for life,sounds bad but thats the only way,eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

  • Annelize - 2011-11-08 17:35

    The Provincial Government will pay for his medical expenses. Where precisely does the money comes from? - from the tax payer! No money in this world can pay for the trauma and agony this family is going through right now. Minister of Transport, it is time to act on the Blue Light "Brigade". Are they above the law? It seems so! I wonder what the emergency was? This is sickening!

  • KevinKing - 2011-11-08 17:39

    Yes, some are indeed more equal than others...

  • sean.nijenhuis - 2011-11-08 17:44

    WE all bitch and moan about the taxes and politicians, but really, my heart goes out to the family who have to endure this ordeal. Give them a moments thought.

  • Heinz - 2011-11-08 17:44

    She should be charged with Attempted Murder !!

  • Peter - 2011-11-08 17:46

    Mike, you really are a bigot. Stick to the facts. For starters you're only guessing about the race of the driver and secondly it doesn't mean anything.

  • sewsexy - 2011-11-08 17:51

    This Premier should be sued in her personal capacity for what she has done - sies woman - If I was you I would bow my head in shame and resign.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-11-08 17:58

    sue the bastards the law states clearly where speed is of the essence it should be done with regards and considerations of all traffic rules and the last time i checked a red light is a traffic rule .OR WAS HE LATE FOE A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING WITH HIS OR HER FLOOZY i smell a lot of moola people you have to go high and i mean very very start at 50 000 000 i know this young man he was planning to become a astronuaht get my drift hit them hard

  • foxiloxi - 2011-11-08 17:59

    I honestly DO NOT understand why it is required for them to use the Blue LIghts, it is just a matter of pure arrogance and them wanting to show their power and who they are and has nothing to do with them needing to be somewhere in a hurry!! The arrogance of this lot astound me on a daily basis, my heart breaks for this family whose lives will never ever be the same again!! THey are in for a long long road ahead fighting with this lot trying to get any form of justice for their family!!

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-11-08 17:59

    my friend if he is on duty as a policeman you can sue the po po

  • Victor - 2011-11-08 18:02

    So, what makes these idiots above the law? If some guys kill someone, like the Waterkloof 4, they were all found guilty and sentenced for a long period. Lets see if the same will apply in this circumstances? There is no difference

  • Brent - 2011-11-08 18:04

    who cares about the MEC not being hurt, the kids in a coma...

      Craig - 2011-11-08 18:49

      Heaven forbid the MEC got hurt. Think then of all the housing plans for the poor that would get shelved. Grrrr... Useless b_tch, how many houses has she created?

  • denise.wilshire - 2011-11-08 18:11

    A law unto themselves!!!!

      Shirley - 2011-11-08 18:25

      Unfortunately they make everyone else live by their laws. I geuss it makes them feel important-low self esteem issues maybe??

  • Adriaan - 2011-11-08 18:37

    "Help pay the medical expenses" hell, no. They should pay all and fire the bloody MEC who was responsible for this. They are not above the law!Any other South African would have spent time behind bars for this.

  • pieter.dewet - 2011-11-08 18:37

    imagine the kids was black, and the mec white?

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-08 19:09

    This is what makes me sick: According to Van Wyk, the man "did not even look at the child". "He got out and looked to see what the damage was to his car." (See original story) If I had knocked over a kid on a bike I’d be beside myself with guilt and remorse. This guy was more worried about damage to a vehicle that isn’t even his!

  • Louis - 2011-11-08 19:14

    So Humphrey was in the car. His driver must be arrested for attemted murder. Humphrey must be arrested with him as he clearly instructed his driver to speed him to a tax payers breakfast.They are both guilty,and deliberately skipped the robot. put them away.

      Yar - 2011-11-08 19:50

      If Humphrey gave the instruction, maybe that is classified as incitement to murder. A very serious charge.

  • traceyholtz - 2011-11-08 19:31

    do tell why an MEC of Housing would need to skip a robot - what emergency could there be in his life. I thought only emergency vehicles attending a life and death situation were permitted. AND it was a hit and run - lets see where that goes --- of course nowhere cause they will "pay for medical expenses" what morons and how dare they put others lives in dangers for their only pompous stupidity

  • Anje - 2011-11-08 20:28

    The Medical Bill shld be for Humphrey Mmemezi's account and not for the Tax payer ( provincial government)!!! Surely Mokonyane, could have come up with a bit more to say than "we will pay the bills"! Has Mmemezi & his bodyguard been arrested for speeding,reckless driving,leaving an accident scene etc etc etc? What does Mokonyane have to say about that?