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Matric in coma after blue light crash

2011-11-07 23:16

Johannesburg - A matric pupil is in a coma and has probably sustained brain damage after being knocked down - allegedly by the official vehicle of a Gauteng MEC over the weekend.

Thomas Ferreira, 18, of Krugersdorp was on his way to his girlfriend’s home in Randfontein on his motorbike when he was apparently hit by an official vehicle of Local Government and Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi. The vehicle was a white BMW X5.

Thomas is in a critical condition in the ICU of the Krugersdorp Hospital. He has a fractured arm and leg, several facial fractures, and swelling and haemorrhaging of the brain.

His parents, Paul and Priscilla Ferreira, said on Monday he is in a coma and on a ventilator. "The hospital phoned this morning [Monday] to say they were going to perform an operation to insert a monitor in his brain and relieve the pressure," Ferreira said.

"After the operation the doctor phoned to say it looks as if there is serious brain damage."

Peet and Lizanne van Wyk were also on their way to Randfontein when they saw the accident take place.

"We were in the turning lane and there was a taxi on our left. The guy in the BMW overtook the taxi on the left on the yellow line. He jumped the red robot," said Lizanne van Wyk.

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

"We wanted to turn when I shouted to my husband to stop, because the guy had knocked down a child on a motorcycle,"  she said.

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."

The Van Wyks then phoned an ambulance. They said the driver was by himself in the vehicle and was not part of a convoy.

It was reported earlier that Mmemezi was also in the vehicle. But Victor Moreriane, Mmemezi's spokesperson, said that according to police at the scene that was not the case.

The driver was also admitted to hospital. He is believed to be undergoing treatment for shock and for neck and back injuries.

Moreriane said the circumstances leading to the accident cannot be confirmed until the driver has been discharged and has made a statement.

For the same reason he also cannot say why the driver apparently had the blue lights on, since the MEC was not in the vehicle.

Thomas' girlfriend, Chanel Kloppers, 16, a Grade 11 pupil, said he was on his way to her home so she could help him study.

"We usually give him about 45 minutes to get to us, but this time he was taking much longer. I tried to phone him, but his phone was off.

"I then phoned his mother on my mother's phone and just heard, 'Annemarie, Thomas was in a very serious accident'."

Chanel's mother, Annemarie van Wyk, said they could not get through to the Ferreiras again. They then phoned the Krugersdorp Hospital, where they heard he had been admitted.

"On the way to the hospital we were driving past the scene of the accident and didn't even think that was it," said Chanel.

"Then we saw the orange of his motorbike…"

Comments
  • Nick - 2011-11-07 23:31

    Another incident with the blue light brigade?! This is getting out of hand!! Let us hope that the boy is able to make a full recovery and that the idiot that collided with him faces severe punishment!!!

      danalexsmith - 2011-11-07 23:49

      we have PAGAD in CT, perhaps it's time we mobilise and organise PABLB...

      Dirk - 2011-11-08 05:15

      In the FS, they have PATAT- People against Tsotsis and Taxis.In all seriousness, I pray that this young man will be sustained and despite the seriousness of his injuries, that he will recover. I also pray for his parents, family and friends- that they will be given strength to carry them through these most difficult times.

      frans.visserdsb - 2011-11-08 07:39

      What are the rules that apply to the Blue light brigade? Surely they are only there to protect and escort the dignitary? Not to break the rules of the road?

      Craig - 2011-11-08 07:42

      These drivers drive 'fast' when there is a minister inside, but drive "fast and like animals" when they are by themselves or in a group. I got forced off the road by these "animals" 2 months ago.

      Karien - 2011-11-08 08:02

      These blue light monsters are cops that are supposed to serve the people of this country. What they are doing here for nearly any and every politician in government, and not just the president and most elite, is unheard of elsewhere in the civilized world. I think all of them should be charged with reckless endangerment by the people because the way that they are driving is unnecessary. If they kill anyone, charge them with murder. Enough is enough. Why should some local MEC have a full blue light brigade convoy as opposed to a few bodyguards in a regular car? He's not the president of Germany or someone truly prominent that would warrant potential assassination is he?

      Willie - 2011-11-08 08:18

      I urge the parents to sue the hell out of this thugs in councils

      michael.vanderwatt1 - 2011-11-08 08:25

      Nick, I agree, although the chances of the idiot even ending up in court are very slender indeed. My personal opinion is that these so-called "bodyguards", who are nothing more than thugs with licence to intimidate motorists, should undergo the highest, most stringent screening, psychometric evaluation, and any other means before being let loose on our public roads. These incidents could result in motorists taking the law into their own hands, especially the bikers, many of whom are becoming increasingly impatient at constantly being targeted by taxi and truck drivers, who then blatantly claim not to have seen the biker.....how pathetic this statement is! I sincerely hope and pray that the young man can make a full recovery, and my thoughts and prayers also go out to his family, as well as his girlfriend and her family. Let's hope the driver, who didn't even have the decency to check on the motorcyclist or call for medical help, gets what he deserves, if and when he gets to court.

      Shadoz - 2011-11-08 08:43

      It's amazing they have cameras everywhere but not now.

      Peter - 2011-11-08 08:45

      I was reading the NRTA just last night w.r.t Blue lights: Regulation 58, 3, b "...or vehicle driven by a person while he or she is so engaged in civil protection, such vehicle shall be fitted with a device capable of emitting a prescribed sound and with an identification lamp, as prescribed, and SUCH DEVICE SHALL BE SO SOUNDED AND SUCH LAMP SHALL BE IN OPERATION while the vehicle is driven in disregard of the road traffic sign. The act is also clear that breaking of any of the regulations is subject to the ENGAGEMENT IN CIVIL PROTECTION.... So, no siren was being used and it is clear that no civil protection was being engaged, so this thug should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

      Ianm - 2011-11-08 08:54

      @ danalexsmith I agree with you!! Where do I join

      Peter - 2011-11-08 08:54

      The abusive and simply dangerous way "blue light brigade" is totally unacceptable and should be banned without delay. Most of us have by now witnessed how these people are endangering ours on our roads.

      Motjetjelekoane - 2011-11-08 08:55

      collided?!

      Servaas - 2011-11-08 09:26

      Find out who the driver was and give him severe brain injury. Don't waist your time in the court, they will do nothing.

      Jethson - 2011-11-08 09:43

      To the youngster I hope you make a full recovery!!! To the idiot that hit him I hope you are paralyzed from the neck down, death is not good enough for you and I hope this family take the MEC to the cleaners and sue the s.h.1.T out of them. I will not move for them as 99% of the time they are late because of bad time management. I hate them and if i have to I will fight back. try take me off the road? I will drive my car as fast as I can into the blue light car and hopefully kill the stupid ass in it. I am sick of the crap in this country and its about time we as citizens start to stand up to it. Good luck Thomas recover ASAP.

      comurray - 2011-11-08 10:36

      This idiot will most probably get promoted.

      nasheenar - 2011-11-08 12:25

      Isnt it absolutely amasing and convinient how the pig is in hospital after sustaining neck and back injuries? The fact that he has affected and impacted a persons entire life seems so irrelavant. No one cares about your injuries ahole.I hope you suffer the same fate one day! I pray for the young man whose life has been changed forever.

      rowen.loretz - 2011-11-08 16:04

      f%^ken blue light bandits and f^%ken ANC ministers that think they so important. To hell with all of them

      rowen.loretz - 2011-11-08 16:09

      and News24 team...don't you dare delete my comments otherwise you are cowards!

      Mike - 2011-11-08 17:35

      This is so sad. The ANC is killing people legally, well according to them. Would a responsible government not stop any action that is detrimental and dangerous to it's citizens? They are killing and maiming down their own citizens and do nothing about it!?

  • Vusi - 2011-11-07 23:33

    This is shocking!!!!!!!!!! I am so sick of the Blue Light Brigade!!!!!!!!!!! WHEN IS THE BLUE LIGHT BRIGADE GOING TO START BEHAVING LIKE RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE????? Why are they allowed travelling at the speeds they do? This country has turned out to be the total opposite of what Nelson Mandela wished for all of us!

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 01:04

      @Daneel. Sir would you please keep your adverse political comments out of this debate. This debate isn't about the virtues of Apartheid. That didn't work for you, did it? If you graduated 50 years ago, and making remarks such as this, I assume you were part of the Old Regime. My problem, as a youth now, still having to graduate, is how do we solve our current problems. Your solution didn't work for us, neither is the ANC, so what now? Are going to sit here and sling mud at each other, or try and find a way forward?

      Joseph - 2011-11-08 01:47

      Vusi, i think we, as South African, need to to do something to stop all of the mess our leader are doing!!! We south african, need to stand together, no mater what is our political views, i dont mind which party is in power as lond as it looks after all south african, white or black, we are one, and we are the only ones who can bring change to this country. we need to start. lets organise something and we must all post it on our wall, trust me by the end of january we will have millions marching on the street of each and every town, it takes one person to start!!!

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 01:59

      @Joseph. Joseph, I have one more subject to write this week and then some friends and myself are devoting our whole holiday to take a petition from business to business to sign our petition to stop paying taxes over to SARS. We want the citizens and business to pay the tax money into a Trust Account at Werksmans in Sandton and we will give this government 6 months to get their act together and then a bomb worse than Hiroshima must hit them! Too many people are just sitting and complaining all day long and nobody is standing up and doing something about our problems. Enough is now enough. I know we are seen as a bunch of crazy kids, but maybe, just maybe we get the country behind us!

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 02:38

      @Van And I would then assume you think Saint PW Botha was our Saviour? He killed whites too, remember? How many white kids did he kill for his crazy ideologies? Go look up how many parents are still in mourning because their kids had to pay with their lives in Angola. Go read your history books before you post drivel like this on here when we are trying to solve our problems!

      Blue - 2011-11-08 03:15

      @Vusi Sir, you sound like a someone I should invite for dinner...so that you can infect me and all my business associates and friends, with your wisdom and obvious caring attitude. It is so damned refreshing to hear someone of the opposite sex speaking the same 'political' language I always 'did'. We have become so incredibly despondent about our country and the future here that we desperately need someone like you to pick up our spirits and give us hope again!! Thank you for your positive attitude!!

      Blue - 2011-11-08 03:23

      OH!!! and by the way....I would have supported your 'cause' 200%..GOOD LUCK with it...its a pity you are not expanding it to ALL businesses in the country!!

      rob.stefanini - 2011-11-08 03:44

      Vusi you really do have the right idea there. I'm glad that you feel that way. I really wouldn't mind if the ANC ran this country. They just have to do it right. Sadly, this is not the case...

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 03:48

      @Blue. Thanks for the support. Maybe we should think wider and get the other universities involved. I'm sure Tuks, Kovsies, UCT and Stellenbosch would join us. Then we could cover so much more, as you say!

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 04:05

      @Rob. Rob please spread this message around Tuks, so we can mobilise as a united front representing the youth of this country. The citizens all think the youth is running after Malema and we are all gaga in Telly Tubby Land. If we use Facebook we might reach even more people to join our cause.

      Edward - 2011-11-08 06:06

      @vusi. Love to sit down over a coffee @talk to you. only problem with withholding taxes is that sars will withhold my tax clearance cert. So no tax, no tenders, no work. The anc has made sars the most efficient gov dep so as to force people not to partake in actions such as yours. If however your plan is implimented on a wide enough scale, now that might change things. No gravey juice, no fuel for those blue light cars etc......Love the idea!!! Where do i sign up?

      William - 2011-11-08 06:14

      VUSI FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!! I JUST LOVE THIS GUY!!!!

      Ina - 2011-11-08 06:58

      Way to go, Vusi, I love the way you are thinking. I am so sick and tired of all the incompetence and arrogance of the ANC, and of all the hatred between the race. South Africa can be one or the greatest countries in the world, if only we would learn to live and let live, and stop hating each other, because I think basically, the majority of us are good people, black and white.

      Merven - 2011-11-08 07:08

      @Vusi, RESPECT bru!

      Clive - 2011-11-08 07:21

      Then vote with your head, not your heart. No pressure, no worries. The law only applies to soft targets.

      hermanus.engelbrecht - 2011-11-08 07:50

      Wise words Vusi. Keep it up

      schencpa - 2011-11-08 07:54

      Hey Vusi... Our country need more people like you, and I stand behind you 100%!! @VAN - Our country needs problem solvers, not problem spreaders.

      Tyron - 2011-11-08 08:22

      Just a thought, trying to get companies to not pay tax will be virtually impossible as they cannot do so from a shareholder / governance / legal perspective. However, maybe the target should be SARS. Get them to go slow / strike etc and bring the collection of taxes to a halt?! Like I said, just a thought in the hope of trying to make your energy a success. I applaud your enthusiam.

      johnwilliam.roberts - 2011-11-08 08:24

      vusi you are so right in what you are going to do lets all hope that its the start of whats happened in liberia to get rid of this goverment and their cronies we behind you here in cape town you go pal .

      sashdwyer - 2011-11-08 08:30

      @Vusi Firstly let me say I like and agree with your original comment regarding what Nelson Mandela wanted for us. It is quite refreshing and inspiring to hear your views. I often read the news 24 articles and it is quite sad to read the feedback that comes from many South Africans, of all races. I wish we could all look at issues that arise objectively. So long as people like Daneel are feeding the world with their one track narrow mindedness there will always be that division. We have tried working seperately and it hasnt worked, why not try working together. As for the family of the boy who was hit by the BLB, have faith and keep a positive mind

      dion.chinnaiah - 2011-11-08 09:06

      @Vusi 100% agree with you. We are all South Africans. The colour of a person's skin is irrelevant! Refreshing to know that young South Africans like you want to make a difference. South Africa needs young men and women with integrity, a strong sense of value and a passion for what is right! Your parents must be proud of you!

      nicolene.kotze1 - 2011-11-08 09:17

      @Vusi - you've got some great ideas and good comments. Vusi for president!!!

      yolie.Landa - 2011-11-08 09:24

      This is a gr8 ideaa Vusi.... May this idiot rot in jail

      drishworth - 2011-11-08 10:13

      Vusi for President!

      nasheenar - 2011-11-08 12:29

      Amen Vusi I agree, when the tax payers of this country stop handing over hard earned tax money then only will we see a solution to fruad.

      Anthony - 2011-11-08 14:35

      @Vusi Just a thought, speak to Hellen, they need someone like you..

      Adam - 2011-11-08 16:46

      @ Vusi: I personally know a Senator who uses his bicycle to commute to government offices or uses public transport in bad weather. He is also holds the qualifications of Doctor & Professor of Political History and lectures at a world resound university. See Vusi, this man in Maslowic terms is “self actualized” and has told me that he is a public servant, placed in a position of authority to represent the people. He is balanced, articulate & intelligent as are most of his peers who serve with him. The ANC cadres however, have to shower themselves in designer clothes, jewelry, expensive cars with drivers and blue lights to make up for the intellectual inadequacies and need for self importance. If you think this lifestyle trend will change, sadly not, no matter how many people get “run over” be that on roads or in the whole political game.

      John - 2011-11-08 23:15

      Vusi, we should possibly look at providing support to 'JUSTICE FOR ALL('http://www.jfa.net/>) A question I feel that should be raised is: Why do the CEO's of large corporates not have the same VIP status in traffic as the MEC of housing. I surely believe that CEO's carry a far more important status and unit of productivity than our MEC's. What gives them the right to disobey traffic laws for being late for a meeting. Everbody else has to plan their day. Refer to Nomvula Mokonyane's discussion on 702 this afternoon (http://www.702.co.za/onair/heardonair3.asp?action=heardonairsearch)If CT can do without the blb then so can the rest of SA.

  • jaythejetplane - 2011-11-07 23:36

    An 18 year old matric boy, 3 weeks from finishing high school, looking forward to a bright future, ended by absolute recklessness and carelessness... The problem with Africa, we have this sense of entitlement and importance, we MUST have blue light's in our vehicles because we are "important VIP" government officials... Sadly, not the first, nor the last...

      danalexsmith - 2011-11-07 23:52

      well put Jay. and if this was the first and the last time something like this were to happen it would be ALMOST bearable. But I think we all know these ignorant fools aren't going to stop unless they're seriously punished.

  • Sean - 2011-11-07 23:47

    This is a bloody SHOCKING !! Who do these clowns think they are ? Pathetic !

      Albert - 2011-11-08 08:08

      These blacksuited wanabee James Bonds is watchin to much TV. They are too dig to know that is only a movie.Politicians love to surround themselves with these morons.Couple thaqt with the arogance and protection of the ANC and you have a phsycopath with a license to kill.

  • Richard - 2011-11-07 23:57

    Who ever the driver is must get nailed, Attempted murder upgraded to murder if the worst should happen! I Hope that he makes a full recovery. If you need to jump a light fine but first stop and check it is clear then do it slowly so everyone around you can see and take action if necessary. Clearly it was not done this way!

      Ulvenkai - 2011-11-08 00:06

      Unfortunately there is no such thing as a "full recovery" when it comes to what is termed "serious bran damage." That kid's life is over and if he survives, his future ruined. What happened to this kid is nothing short of vile and the culprit should face life imprisonment. I hope the media sees this story through to the end.

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 00:18

      We won't hear about this ever again, like with all the other wrongs this government commits daily! As soon as I have posted this the hate mail will start pouring in on Facebook, but WTF do I care! Have those Hooligan Singers been jailed for killing 5 school kids yet???? No No No, in this country you can kill people on the road, get a good attorney and walk free. That is if you know the right people in the right places. This country has become something like a cowboy movie! Lawless with everybody running around stealing and killing all day long. Our legal system has failed us years ago. The Law students tell us that not even our judges can be trusted anymore.

      Nick - 2011-11-08 00:22

      @ Vusi, I'm a law student and I agree with you, our legal system is slowly stagnating, and is overloaded and corrupt. Sadly this kind of thing is here for the long run :(

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 00:32

      @Nick. You know Nick, I won't be able to sleep after having read this. We simply can't inherit this mess this government is creating! I'm sure you, like me would want to have kids one day. How do you bring kids into this world of ours? Will my kid also be killed by some Hooligan with a f$#king government 4x4, racing around as if we don't have road rules? But God forbid you and I travel at 170 like Queen Winnie! And what happened to that case? The cops that stopped her got suspended! This country has now officially become ungovernable!

      Richard - 2011-11-08 00:56

      @ulvenkai Just praying for small miracles, i am in the medical profession and small miracles can happen, just hope one does. @Vusi Totally agree with you. I want to go speeding get a R54 000 fine and jail sentence then take the government to court for discrimination on account of i don't hold a government job and their friends got off for the same thing. Speed on our roads isn't the problem, Bad driving is, Speed just makes sure your dead or stuffed for life afterwards.

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 01:13

      Richard I am really furious tonight and as you say bad driving is a huge problem......but then look what happens when we want licenses? Those of us that want to do it the right way waited 18 months for a driver's test and then most just give up and sneak R500 into the palm of the test officer.

      Richard - 2011-11-08 01:52

      Totally agree, But it's not the youngsters who cause most of the accidents it's those with a history. The ideal would be some kind of bar code system where cops can just scan your licence and will have all your details even where you got it, number of fines etc. I was lucky did mine in a small town so no wait and limited traffic to deal with. When i was in the states we were pulled over for a "tail light" being out!! when have you seen someone pulled over for that or a head light? Never! the cop let us off for overloading cos we were foreign and didn't have a car but drove us back to our place and issued a $250 fine for the light!

  • anneline.duplessis1 - 2011-11-08 00:24

    Gee I so sorry in the midts of his senior exam. We will pray for his full recovery. What does a MEC do with a blue light and then could not be bothered about almost killing a young boy, ruining his whole career. Shocking to say the least.

  • Bill - 2011-11-08 00:40

    I declare war on blue light bullies…!

  • Gilad - 2011-11-08 00:46

    Those guys are F@ckers. One of them nearly wrote me off once. Why are we being governed by clowns. Heard today we ranked second in the world for corruption. What a state, I'm sick of seeing this state neglect the well being of its people it is criminal and I hope they pay

  • Bob - 2011-11-08 00:58

    Tragic! The poor boy and especially his parents - prayers and thoughts are with you.

      charmaine.pauwels - 2011-11-08 12:28

      I wish we could see who was giving thumbs down for a comment like this. Seriously Bob is just stating that it is tragic and prayers for family. Who in there freakin right mind would thumb this down!

  • Osman Bux - 2011-11-08 02:30

    RPG's were made for a purpose. Pity we can't get some.

      Matt - 2011-11-08 09:14

      Yes we can ;)

      Van - 2011-11-08 11:03

      You want some? Just ask.

  • Yar - 2011-11-08 03:17

    Blue light convoys must be banned. If politicians are unable to make the country safe enough for the ordinary tax-paying citizens, then they must suffer the consequences. Blue lights are not about safety anyway it's all about image, power and being windgat at the expense of everyone else.

      Vusi - 2011-11-08 04:16

      You know Yar, I just love swearing in Afrikaans. The Afrikaners have the most descriptive, to the point swearing words in the whole world! Now isn't Windgat the most appropriate word for the Blue Light Brigade? In our culture we have some Afrikaans words we have incorporated in a lot of our customs. You know how we have big parties after a funeral? Well these days we call those parties "Wie Sien Ons". It has become such a show-off affair. Everybody is looking at the badge size of the BMW's and Merc's and who shoes were bought at Mandela Square. It is ridiculous.

      Yar - 2011-11-08 06:16

      @Vusi Windgat is what came to mind at the time. The english description - "ostentatious behaviour" is also appropriate, but since the ANC stuffed up the education system, it is not as effective. Anyway we all understand what is happening.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-11-08 05:07

    these guys are a law unto themselves they just dont care what they do and who they doing it to.went to gauteng two weeks ago on the way there saw a lexus behind me with flashing lights doing almost i would say 200km/ph funny thing is when it passes me i could not see in the vihicle .so if you dont know who is in the vihicle why do they have to use the blue lights and drove everybody out of the way and it was only one care if there was a idiot in it then where is the backup cars ,strange weird man

  • eugene.vanes - 2011-11-08 05:13

    It is time the death row come back that we can get people removed from civilization.Innocent people get hurt or even die.Cant the damn Goverment(so called) wake and do something.All police or law enforcement staff must be re assesed and re-trained and undergo physco tests.

  • Mart - 2011-11-08 05:27

    Accounts of the behaviour of this driver, leading up to and after the impact, paints a picture of a man drunk on the power of his position and his perception that he is more important than those around him. He is I assume a trained professional and therefore it must be a gimme that he was fully aware of the consequences of reckless driving. Attempted murder charges are my recommendation. Hope the lad recovers and strength to him and his family.

      MaxOdin.SA - 2011-11-08 05:46

      @Mart the disturbing thing about this event is that no statement thus far has been released about where he was going. He was obviously not on official business. "Moreriane said the circumstances leading to the accident cannot be confirmed until the driver has been discharged and has made a statement. For the same reason he also cannot say why the driver apparently had the blue lights on, since the MEC was not in the vehicle". Also the fact that the minister's is relying on police testimony that the minister was not in the car is a little suspicious. Especially since it was earlier reported that he was. And what kind of whiplash and back pain do you get in a big 4X4 after knocking a bike down? Sounds like stalling if you ask me. Stalling so everyone can get their story straight before release a statement to the press. The words damage control come to mind.

      Peter - 2011-11-08 08:39

      @VUSI - I enjoy your point of view, keep it up, our country is in good hands with guys like you in varsity. Good luck. @Maxodin - I share your view, if the driver can speak then get his statement urgently to avoid the obvious waffle in the statement that will be published later, when he has "recovered". Fr!kken D@@s.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-08 05:45

    Damn pigs! So full of self importance. My prayers and sympathy to Thomas and his parents. Sue the pants off these swines.

  • homemissionary - 2011-11-08 05:45

    My heart is breaking for this young man.For some reason,this story more than others,had brought tears to my eyes.Sometimes you read of kids getting killed doing 'stupid' things (drunk or whatever) and you still feel sorry for the parents.But when you come across a boy who wasn't even doing anything bad,a boy who was going to go STUDY,it makes it that little bit worse.I hope the brain damage effects will be overcome :-(

  • Kevin - 2011-11-08 05:46

    Another blue light horror story. Previously when the country was properly run only the President had an escort and only on a official occasions and they stuck strictly to the speed limit as they were decent people. These people are MEC'c so they are not even important people. The cost of blue light escorts and all the fancy escorts they use must cost hundreds of millions which could all be saved. Fire these thugs and lets hope this case gets to court. BAN BLUE LIGHT THUGS.All the very best to the Ferreira family who suffer for something that should never ever have happened. I hope they have locked up the thug driver.

  • Nicholas Rogerson - 2011-11-08 05:52

    What happened to our country. Seems that evil has taken the place of good. why should these characters have X5 and gulf stream jets? It's a real tragedy to destroy a young boys life whilst running late as usual, and making up time with lawlessness.

  • MaxOdin.SA - 2011-11-08 05:54

    Well at the very least the family should sue for pain and suffering, Medical costs and hopefully they press charges of manslaughter at least. Medical procedures are expensive, If for some reason the driver get's off the least the government can do is pay the medical bills. Also should the young man not recover form his injuries there will be more expenses, Home care if neccessary, More doctors visits, possibly more operations. They must pay! Take it out of the minister's salary.

      Xinobia - 2011-11-08 11:26

      If this boy don't recover fully to who he was before the accident they should also be sued for loss of income for his life, all medical bills that should have anything to do with this accident until he is 80 years old. And aftercare and nurses to care for him for the rest of his life.

  • Andrew - 2011-11-08 06:32

    If a new law needs to be passed it is to BAN all blue light brigades. These drivers should not have any priviledges on our roads not matter what or who they are transporting. This will help with becoming more resposible road users by all.

  • William - 2011-11-08 06:35

    WHAT THE F###### IS GOING ON?? ANOTHER BLUE LIGHT INCIDENT!!A JONG BOY'S LIFE IN JEOPARDY BECAUSE OF A BLUE LIGHT,NO,NO,NO MORE!!!

  • Kevin - 2011-11-08 06:35

    Why does a MEC - a low level public servant need a X5 and even a motorcade - quite unbelievable and this is another example of the waste of public funds and the inflated self worth our politicians place on themselves.

  • brianmacza - 2011-11-08 06:40

    This is when the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Police should be held accountable. They are ELECTED OFFICIALS and their mandate is to SERVE THE PUBLIC. The rule of law should be applied and an example made of the driver of the X5 to deter similar hooligans in the future.

      Paas - 2011-11-08 07:53

      If the MEC didnt have a convoy of escorts with blaring sirens, blue lights and armed thugs in black suits and Ray Bans, no one would know he/she was an MEC. He / She does nothing anyway, how can they be considered important and be respected by the masses if they didnt have the trappings of POWER?

  • Sharon - 2011-11-08 06:44

    @Vusi, an attitude like yours young man, will give ALL people in this country HOPE! Nice one!

      See - 2011-11-08 07:03

      Be realistic. Vusi is an exception. It's the rule that will keep this country wallowing in the ****.

      Alan - 2011-11-08 08:28

      @SeeVee. disagree - Positive attitude is essential to change. I am not saying that it is bad to stand up against things that are wrong and evil, but never give up hope, and never stop working towards positive change. have FAITH!

      berni.venter - 2011-11-08 08:30

      I second the motion! Now all peace loving South Africans get behind this young man and his vision and SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT! @SeeVeeDeeEl - Say no to APATHY my friend.

  • Ian - 2011-11-08 06:45

    bury this stinking anc and its corruption once and for all

  • Bernard - 2011-11-08 06:49

    Eish, emergency signaling equipment... those words, they are too long and we are in a rush!

  • dhuysamen1 - 2011-11-08 06:59

    If some whitey can be charged with assault for spilling a drink that MISSED showerhead Zuma then this offspring of a retarded ape should surely be charged with attempted murder ? What is right for the whitey should surely be right for the darkie !

  • Malcolm - 2011-11-08 07:00

    The apartheid ministers never had blue light brigades. Blue light brigades serve no purpose. 1.)They are no good for protecting the ministers since they only highlight the respective ministers presence, hence making them an easier target from would be assasins. 2.)If a minister is late for a meeting, driving at 160kmh will only make him earlier by about 10 minutes over a distance of 30kms. Most ministers are only rushing to parties or pissups in South Africa anyway. 3.)When they get to their destination, they waste ten minutes trying to get through the traffic jam of all the other blue light convoys that arrived at the same function at the same time. 4.)South Africa cannot afford these luxuries as the money needs to be used for service delivery in order to make the ANC honest about their prior election promises. Yes, the Americans can afford blue light convoys as 90% of their population pay their taxes. In South Africa, only 8% of the population pay taxes. 5.)Blue light convoys are merely for childish minded, insecure moronic fools, who want to be noticed. Its pathetic.

  • jasonnel007 - 2011-11-08 07:04

    welcome to south africa if you have a blue light it gives you full right to do what ever you wish. all road rules become for information purposes only... some things never change..

  • Suzanne - 2011-11-08 07:08

    My heart breaks for Thomas and his family. I pray that he recovers fully. As for the pig driving the car, I hope he gets what's coming to him.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-11-08 07:09

    This is shocking but I am not surprised as these 'blue light' vehicles have no respect for the rest of the traffic. and often there are not even other people e.g. high lwevel persons in the vehicle. I have seen 2 incidents where these vehicles ignore all road signs and just drive.

  • Malcolm - 2011-11-08 07:11

    We are a democracy. I believe the majority of South Africans despise blue light convoys and feel they are unneccessary and must be abolished. We simply need a referendum to ensure they are abolished. Only problem, is I am not sure how we go about implementing a referendum on this topic. I assume we have to get a petition signed by a stipulated number of people & have it submitted to the government. I am not sure. Does anybody have any knowledge on this topic?

  • Sattva - 2011-11-08 07:12

    get rid of all blue-light brigade vehicles ! they are just as much a menace on our roads than taxis are. The MECs can drive ordinary cars just like us, and adhere to the rules of the road just like anyone else.

      Bernard - 2011-11-08 07:40

      The law clearly states that emergency vehicles must ALSO adhere to the rules of the road. They are not allowed to respond to emergencies in a way that will put road user's lifes at risk. The driver did not even use a siren and was probably ordered by the fat cat at the back not to.

  • robert.krumm - 2011-11-08 07:26

    Murder.

  • ec.van.niekerk - 2011-11-08 07:31

    Trust he will be ok and then ... dagvaar en trek hom en die regering kaal uit ...!!!!!!!

  • samgaf - 2011-11-08 07:34

    These idiots are all the same,having a blue light means you own the roads,I had a few close encounters with the blue light idiots.They drive like hooligans.There is talk about charging these drivers with attempted murder,lets see if the law enforcers put their money where their is.

  • Karen - 2011-11-08 07:45

    Do away with the so called "Blue Light Brigade" let the police take over this duty and provide a proper escourt where one is needed!

      Kevin - 2011-11-08 08:06

      Not for MEC or MP's. they can drive themselves.Only the president should qualify for an escort. Hundreds of fancy cars are purchased and the thugs who drive them and the cars and there salaries could all be saved.Fire them all

  • Tony - 2011-11-08 07:47

    I think the point being missed here is. This happened on the weekend, was the MEC on official business or was the blue light being used for personal reasons? oh and he passed on the left.

      Theresa - 2011-11-08 13:59

      Passed on the left and skipped the red light! Surely he can be charged with ,say, reckless driving for now?

  • Elize - 2011-11-08 07:49

    happy birthday Thomas!!!! Ons bid vir jou en jou ouers Jy moet net aanhou veg> ons God is Groot......

  • Irene - 2011-11-08 07:52

    "The man did not even look at the child. He got out and looked to see what the damage was to his car" How is it possible that damage to a car became of more concern than the life of a child!!! What sick society do we live in?

      Van - 2011-11-08 09:09

      The child is white. What does this tell you?

      MarkusNicholas - 2011-11-09 11:22

      @Van. Oh come on man....do you really think it would have made a difference if the kid was black? Go stir your racist sh1t somewhere else.

  • Nyati_Photo - 2011-11-08 07:53

    Typical of our officials abusing their so called status, bunch of wallies!! Definitely going to post this on facebook and twitter so the rest of world can see what @rseholes we have.

  • Ryan - 2011-11-08 07:53

    Guys as South Africans we are a stoic nation, we accept and bear all sorts of CR@P without complaints. We can live with the high tax rate for which we get very little in return, we can live with the exorbitant petrol price, we can live with the shockingly poor governance starting from wards right up to national level. But what we cannot and will not tolerate is the continual murdering of our friends and families! Not by criminals or government officials acting in a criminal manner. Crime and corruption is the new enemy in SA and we should mobilize to exterminate it. If the ANC government had any clue as how to sort this country out they should make the SAPS and JUSTICE work as well as SARS, why dose SARS work so well because without it they would all cease to exist. How many thousands have ceased to exist as a result of the SAPS and Justice departments not functioning as they should. I love Vusis idea, stop paying for service we are not receiving! From time to time the tree of liberty needs to be refreshed with the blood of patriots!

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2011-11-08 07:57

    personally I don;t give a crap about the drivers statement. All they do is deny responsibility for the crap they cause. PATHETIC.

  • John - 2011-11-08 07:59

    These Blue Light Brigades are a sick joke! If there is not one already, then i think we should start a facebook page supporting the banning of the Blue Light Brigades in SA. I am sure you would get plenty of support. Any IT boffins out there know if there is one or want to set one up?

  • potolozi - 2011-11-08 08:01

    There can be nothing worse than having to look at your child in ICU with such a prognosis. To the parents, family and friends; be strong and have faith. We pray the young man recover.

  • Bruce - 2011-11-08 08:03

    Authority is abused once again! GET WELL - Thomas Ferreira!

  • John - 2011-11-08 08:03

    Funny, we never had flashing blue lights in the old S.A. Politicians and their underlings of that era seemed to accept that they weren't that important and that society could get by if they were late or even without their presence.

  • dirkea - 2011-11-08 08:04

    It is high time that this ridiculous practice of "Blue Light" usage is terminated. What are our politicians trying to do but to impress themselves with their own importance.

      Esther - 2011-11-08 19:44

      Have you ever heard the saying 'wanneer niets tot iets gekom het' (when a nothing think he is something) I wish this 'important' people crawl back into the holes they are coming from, they are polluting society

  • Elle-Black - 2011-11-08 08:05

    This is way too sad

  • marazor - 2011-11-08 08:05

    This is bad, really bad...