Premier urged to pay brain-damaged matric's bills

2011-12-19 13:05
Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane must keep her promise to pay the medical bills of accident victim Thomas Ferreira, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.

"The Ferreiras have borne the trauma of seeing their loved one in a coma and suffering from brain damage. They now live with the secondary trauma caused by Mokonyane's insensitivity and a lack of results from the accident investigation," said spokesperson Kate Lorimer.

Ferreira, 18, was injured when the official vehicle of Gauteng Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi crashed into him while he was riding on a motorcycle six weeks ago.

The driver of the vehicle, Semitsi Modomai, was transporting Mmemezi and had turned on blue lights to cross through a red traffic light when he collided with Thomas.

At that time Mokonyane publicly promised to cover the costs of the teenager's medical bills.

Rehabilitation

Lorimer said the costs of the rehabilitation centre to which Ferreira was moved last Monday were about R120 000 per month.

"Although some of his medical costs have thus far been covered by his medical aid, there are many costs involved and there will still be some in the future," said Lorimer.

"It is unacceptable that such a tragic incident caused by Modomai's negligence should take so long to be investigated."

Lorimer said the Ferreiras deserved empathy and respect from Mokonyane.

Mokonyane's spokesperson Xoli Mngambi referred all queries to Mongezi Monyane of the housing department.

Monyane said the housing department would meet with the Ferreiras in January next year to discuss the matter.

"We don't know the total costs of the bills. We just heard about them from the media and there is nothing we can do now as it is the festive holiday period."
- SAPA

NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
72 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Cape Town - 10:39 AM
    Road name: N1 Inbound
    DELAYS between the N7 Highway and the M5 Koeberg Interchange
  • Friday Montague Gardens - 10:22 AM
    Road name: Montague Drive Northbound
    SLOW TRAFFIC between Bosmansdam Road and Racecourse Road due to roadworks
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Pre-order the Xbox One

Get this all-in-one entertainment system with live TV, movies, social networking and gaming. Pre-order now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia C3

The Nokia C3 Features a 2+ Megapixel Camera, A2DP, Bluetooth,...

From R1175.60

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be putting too much effort into someone or something. You are doing it out of love and compassion but there is a chance...read more

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.