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DA urges premier to drop negligence appeal

2012-01-23 22:34

Johannesburg - The DA in Gauteng has urged Premier Nomvula Mokonyane to drop the province's appeal against a judgment ordering it to pay a R9.2m negligence claim because the child and family need the money now.

"I urge the premier to reconsider her appeal against the court judgment as it is likely to fail and a disabled child needs the money urgently," Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom said in a statement on Monday.

Bloom said he visited 12-year-old Prince Sibusiso Khanyi and his family at their modest home on the East Rand last week and was shown an empty fridge and larder.

Khanyi was brain-damaged when he was born in December 1999 at the Pholosong Hospital on the East Rand.

The South Gauteng High Court found on February 18 last year that he suffered permanent brain injury because of negligence at the hospital.

His mother Martha had said she was sad the premier had appealed the court decision and that she had no money to send her son to a school for children with special needs.

Bloom said 15.5% interest was being charged on the money still owed, and that this would cost at least another R2m in public money as the case would probably be decided in about 18 months' time.

Surgery to straighten the boy's feet would have to be delayed without the money.

The matter became public last week when the sheriff of the court arrived at the premier's office to begin attaching assets in lieu of non-compliance with the court order.

During an unrelated briefing on Monday, Mokonyane told reporters that the departments of health and justice were looking into the issue.

Comments
  • Holden - 2012-01-23 23:11

    By not continuing with the appeal they will be depriving a money-grabbing member of the Black Lawyers Association of a lucrative brief.

      Oneant - 2012-01-24 05:28

      Or actually be ethical and moral about it without trampling his own countrymen on his way to the trough.

  • Max - 2012-01-24 05:43

    The situation of the mother and her family is really dire and sad but such is the situations of millions of South Africans. The reality is that if this appeal fails it will open a floodgate for the corrupt legal community in our society to line their pockets again with this new racket after the Road accident fund thing has been stopped. Compensate the child immediately but we as country cannot afford R9.2 mil.

      Tulani - 2012-01-24 06:35

      but we do for zuma and his five 5 wives and 20 kids how awesome is that......

      Bardy - 2012-01-24 08:39

      Not to mention R400m for a party and millions in chartering air planes? Car rentals, accommodation etc etc etc... and etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc... We can continue the whole day.

  • Getafix - 2012-01-24 06:37

    Looking at ways to not pay, ya.

  • Larry - 2012-01-24 06:53

    This disgusting Government only thinks of itself and what is in it for them.

  • braamc - 2012-01-24 07:05

    Typical, f*&^*&ck over your own people, and off course steal from the tax payer. Rot in hell hateful ANC

  • Wayne - 2012-01-24 07:27

    How the hell can they be looking into the issue. They have loads of time to "look" into the matter. It was settled almost a year ago and probably ran on for 18 months prior. Fuuu! I wish politicians would take their heads out of their a$$es!

  • Mike - 2012-01-24 08:03

    Why did the anc not appeal against the R400million for a party? Oh, it was THEIR party!

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-24 08:13

    The doctors and staff involved should be personally held liable as well. Why should the tax payers have to foot this bill?

  • Archie - 2012-01-24 08:19

    Play with our tax money you dumb troll,we know why you wont pay.Its because all the money has been misappropriated by the ANC feeding frenzy trough trolls.A court of law said pay,if you controlled hospital employees better and paid for the equipment they use,this would not have happened.

  • Bibi - 2012-01-24 08:20

    And she has another one coming - the teenager that was knocked down by the driver of the blue light BMW.

  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-24 08:30

    Damn the Woman.

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