Blue light crash ruined our lives - family

2014-03-13 16:55

It has been a tough journey for the Ferreira family since their son, Thomas, was injured when a blue light vehicle driver crashed into his motorbike, leaving him with severe brain injuries.

New lawyer appointed in blue light driver's case

2014-03-13 13:08

A new lawyer has been appointed to represent blue light driver Motsamai Semitjie, the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court has heard.

Blue-light crash driver guilty

2013-12-04 08:52

Humphrey Mmemezi's blue-light BMW X5 driver Joseph Motsamai Semitjie ignored the safety of other road users when he collided with teenage motorcyclist Thomas Ferreira.

Mmemezi's driver found guilty

2013-12-03 13:21

Former Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's driver has been found guilty of negligent and reckless driving, after knocking teenager Thomas Ferreira over in a 2011 accident.

Blue-lights case: 'MEC wants, he gets'

2013-09-25 10:12

Unqualified people drive VIP's, Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court has been told, and do what the VIP tells them - no matter what the law says. And a biker went down...

MEC wanted things his way - VIP driver

2013-09-23 19:33

Former Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's former driver laid several complaints against him, the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court has heard.

'Blue-light' driver back in court

2013-09-05 11:00

Former Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's driver will appear again in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges of negligent driving when he hit a matric student in 2011.

Crash MEC was late for meeting

2013-09-04 18:55

Former Gauteng local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi was late for a meeting when his car was involved in an accident in November 2011, the court has heard.

Blue light victim 'suffered brain damage'

2013-09-03 10:14

Thomas Ferreira, who was hit by a vehicle driven by a blue light driver in 2011, is believed to have suffered permanent brain damage, according to a neurosurgeon.

Witness: VIP driver checked car, not victim

2012-11-29 09:27

The driver of a blue-light vehicle that crashed into teenager Thomas Ferreira got out of the car after the crash to inspect the damage to his BMW but didn’t look at the injured boy, a witness says.

Blue light driver case postponed

2012-06-19 12:50

The case against VIP protection driver Joseph Semitjie, who is accused of knocking a West Rand teenager off his motorcycle, has been postponed.

Ferreira gets interim payment from RAF

2012-06-06 11:27

Thomas Ferreira, who was seriously injured last year in a crash with a government vehicle, has been given an interim payout of R870 000 by the Road Accident Fund.

MEC Mazibuko does not know her job: DA

2012-04-24 21:11

The DA has accused Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko of not knowing her job when she failed to respond to a question about the status of criminal charges against a blue light brigade driver.

Premier not helping teen blue light victim

2012-04-12 10:00

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has backed down on an earlier promise to help cover blue-light accident victim Thomas Ferreira's medical costs.

Don't politicise blue light crash - MEC

2012-02-23 08:20

The collision in which a West Rand teenager was severely injured was an accident and shouldn't be politicised because a blue light vehicle was involved, Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi says.

Teen hit by VIP car 'recovering miraculously'

2012-01-23 09:24

Thomas Ferreira, the matric pupil who was critically injured after being knocked down by a blue-light vehicle in November, is reportedly making a miraculous recovery.

Blue light crash: Probe into driver ongoing

2012-01-09 19:31

Police say they are still investigating the driver of the Gauteng housing MEC who allegedly crashed into teenager Thomas Ferreira.

Blue light victim back in hospital

2011-12-23 14:30

Thomas Ferreira, who was left brain damaged after a collision with a blue light vehicle, is back in hospital after contracting a virus, it has been reported.

Matric hit by MEC's car 'brain damaged'

2011-12-07 10:07

The matric pupil who was knocked off his motorbike by a Gauteng MEC’s vehicle a month ago has apparently suffered permanent brain damage.

Blue light victim still comatose

2011-11-22 15:03

An 18-year-old who was hit, allegedly by a government vehicle flashing blue lights, remains in a coma in a private hospital in Krugersdorp.


Blue light sentencing postponed

2014-03-13 15:49

Sentencing proceedings of blue light driver Joseph Motsamai Semitjie have been postponed in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.

Sentencing for former MEC's driver expected

2014-03-13 10:17

Sentencing on blue light driver Joseph Motsamai Semitjie, accused of knocking over teenager Thomas Ferreira, is expected to be delivered in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.

MEC driver ignored safety, court rules

2013-12-03 18:03

A former Gauteng housing MEC's driver ignored the safety of other road users when he hit teenage motorcyclist, the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court has ruled.

Blue light driver judgment expected

2013-12-03 07:33

Judgment on blue light driver Joseph Motsamai Semitjie, accused of knocking over teenager Thomas Ferreira while driving through a red light, is expected to be delivered in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.

Unqualified cops drove VIPs, court hears

2013-09-23 22:25

VIP protection guards without advanced driving course qualifications were allowed to drive VIPs, the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court has heard.

MEC ordered blue lights, court hears

2013-09-05 17:50

Former Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi ordered the blue lights on his car to be switched on before an accident with motorcyclist Thomas Ferreira, the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court has heard.

Taught to take orders - VIP driver

2013-09-04 22:32

Driver to former Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi has told the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court that VIP drivers were taught to take orders.

Blue light victim negligent - driver's lawyer

2013-09-04 09:07

Accident victim Thomas Ferreira should be prosecuted for reckless or negligent driving, not the driver of the blue light vehicle in the collision, according to a defence lawyer.

Mmemezi driver failed driving test

2013-06-27 08:17

The Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court has heard that former Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's driver, who knocked down a teenager in November 2011, twice failed a VIP advanced driving course.

Thomas Ferreira crash trial postponed

2012-10-04 10:44

The trial of the blue light driver who allegedly crashed into West Rand teenager Thomas Ferreira has been postponed.

Blue light driver due in court

2012-06-19 07:44

The driver of a blue light vehicle accused of knocking West Rand teenager Thomas Ferreira off his motorbike is due to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.

MEC's spending - premier wants answers

2012-05-23 23:09

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane is awaiting a response from MEC Humphrey Mmemezi on his alleged misuse of government funds, her office says.

Blue light driver to be charged

2012-04-19 09:30

The driver of the blue light vehicle that left teenager Thomas Ferreira in a coma, will be criminally prosecuted, and disciplined internally.

Matric hit by VIP car leaves hospital

2012-03-17 11:32

Thomas Ferreira, who was critically injured after being knocked down by a VIP vehicle, has left the rehabilitation centre and gone home.

Teen's progress satisfactory: Doctor

2012-02-04 22:11

The long-term effects of the injury suffered by a pupil who was knocked down by a VIP vehicle in November will be established in about two years, a report says.

Prosecutor to decide on blue light case

2012-01-12 19:48

The docket of the investigation into housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's driver, who allegedly hit 18-year-old Thomas Ferreira, has been given to a senior state prosecutor, police say.

Teen hit by MEC's car recovering

2011-12-27 16:27

The teenager left brain damaged after being hit by a Gauteng MEC's blue light vehicle, is slowly recovering from a life-threatening infection.

Premier urged to pay brain-damaged matric's bills

2011-12-19 13:05

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane must keep her promise to pay the medical bills of accident victim Thomas Ferreira, says the Democratic Alliance.

Blue light victim out of ICU

2011-11-24 15:16

An 18-year-old schoolboy who was hit allegedly by a government vehicle, flashing blue lights, has been moved out of the intensive care unit, the DA says.

Case opened against MEC's driver

2011-11-09 15:27

A case of reckless or negligent driving has been opened against the driver of Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's official vehicle who knocked a teenager off his motorbike in Krugersdorp.

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