Blue light victim out of ICU

2011-11-24 15:16

Johannesburg - 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 Democratic Alliance said on Thursday.

"Although he hasn't regained consciousness, he does show some awareness and he was moved to a high care private ward," said DA Gauteng caucus leader Jack Bloom.

Thomas Ferreira had seemed "considerably improved" when he visited him in hospital on Wednesday, said Bloom.

Krugersdorp Private Hospital said it could not comment, and Ferreira's family declined to speak to the media.

Ferreira was travelling on his motorbike to visit his girlfriend in Randfontein when he was allegedly hit by the official vehicle of Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi in Krugersdorp on November 5.

He was admitted to hospital in a critical condition with swelling and haemorrhaging of the brain and fractures of the arm, leg and face.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's office said after the accident that Mmemezi was in the car with the driver at the time.

Mokonyane's office offered to pay Ferreira's medical expenses.

  • Andrew - 2011-11-24 15:25

    Well at least this is good news, we pray Thomas Ferreira makes a full revovery. What is interesting is Mokoyane's office has offered to pay the medical expenses, but from what funding? The driver should be held accountable not the taxpayer

      procold2 - 2011-11-24 15:34

      great news, i agree that money and settling the bills is one thing, but the driver and whoevever instucted him to break the law by speeding and shooting red lights in a non emergancy situation be brought to book

      Pieter - 2011-11-24 15:44

      I hope the family sue the government..But the downside, the money will come from taxpayers. So its a loose loose situation.

      makatika - 2011-11-24 15:59

      I also wish him a speedy recovery and the culprit to be punished accordingly

      frangelico - 2011-11-24 17:31

      Andrew,very good news the whole country has prayed for his recovery with some exceptions to be sure,but it's still a steep mountain to climb for his family,even if it is my & your taxes that are paid I don't mind, it's for a good cause,not for Zumas already oversized 5 ? wives & 20odd big large,fat,obese outsize brats.All though the driver is liable he should pay any costs from his pocket,as should Mokoyane pay from his pocket.It shouldn't be for taxpayers to pay but as I said if I have to it's ok. One thing bothers me,in fact it makes me livid, they insist on using the word alledgedlly hit.The BASTARD DID HIT Thomas there is absolutetly no doubt.He admitted it, there were witnesses.

  • Samuel - 2011-11-24 15:27

    Mokonyane's office offered to pay Ferreira's medical expenses. Meaning: We are paying

      fishycraig - 2011-11-25 00:26

      Ugh, I will pay gladly. But then the driver must pay - with time.

  • Herman - 2011-11-24 15:30

    "An 18-year-old schoolboy who was hit allegedly by a government vehicle" Erm...this IS a FACT, they're not STILL investigating, it's a known fact. All the best to the boy and his family, hope he makes a full recovery.

      fishycraig - 2011-11-25 00:28

      Yes, exactly. If the journalist is trying to wheedle himself out of any possible lawsuits by using the word "alleged" then he shouldn't have used "Blue light victim out of ICU".

  • Makatikamusona - 2011-11-24 15:32

    You can delete this comment it does not matter I really think news24 must stop deleting people’s comments; they would rather put a notice that comments made on this website do not represent them but rather those of the commenter. In a way I think news24 is rather practicing worst than ANC’s info bill, Why delete other people’s comment while leaving another’s, do they want to dictate what people should and should not say; for me that is pure censorship right there. For the fact that my comments and others‘s have been deleted does not mean the view that we hold will sudden disappear. News24 claim to allow people to express their view through comments while they delete comments they don’t agree with and leave those advocating their view. Or news24’s editors don’t have much to do so they just hired them only to read and delete comments. It will just be fair if they left all comments, at least we will have a fair idea of how the people are feeling. I think whether people are racist or insulting it is really not news24’s job to admonish racist. If that is how South African citizens are feeling then there is nothing as news24 you could do about that one even if you closed the platform for people to vent off their frustration. More over I noticed with contempt that comments which seek to praise the good thing the government is doing often get deleted. WHY HAVE A COMMENT OPTION IF YOU DELETE COMMENTS

      Andrew - 2011-11-24 15:39

      Makatikamusona, while I agree with your comments do not believe this to be relavent to the subject posted here. This comment should be posted to the opinion forum.

      Makatikamusona - 2011-11-24 15:42

      @Andrew I didn't know or I have not fully explored news24 site. Thanks for the advice,I will post there.

      Bradley - 2011-11-25 10:33

      "they see me trollin' they hatin' try to catch me typin' dirty.." i agree but some comments are really ridiculous.

  • Michael - 2011-11-24 15:34

    Funny how the DA seem to care a little more than the MEC Humphrey Mmemezi

  • Sharon - 2011-11-24 15:46

    Great news, we are all thinking of him and his family, and wish them the best with Thomas's recovery.

  • Bokfan - 2011-11-24 15:47

    Good Luck Kid. To you and your loved ones. I hope your parents have the strength left to fight these vile government sponsored assassins to the bitter end.

  • Samantha - 2011-11-24 15:48

    get well soon Thomas!

  • Transkie Sun - 2011-11-24 15:51

    CNN has the story.

  • Mark - 2011-11-24 15:51

    By offering to pay for the medical expenses they are admitting guilt. (Which seems right in this case) - so the family must sue on this basis. I was informed of this by a lawyer when I hit someone on a freeway.

      Heiku - 2011-11-24 16:26

      So you didnt pay the medical expenses for the person you hit so that you dont look guilty. Classy.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-24 16:22

    Glad to hear there is some progress! Lets hope the young man makes a full recovery and that someone will let sense prevail and take these blue light idiots to task!!!!

  • Transkie Sun - 2011-11-24 16:30

    I'm so surprised he is alive and kicking cause they could of knocked off. He will be fine and then wait for the reaction.

  • Nitesh - 2011-11-24 16:39

    @ news 24, r u feeling guilty for my post that u have deleted....saying that life was safer in the apartheid days,, grow up

  • Adrian - 2011-11-24 17:56

    Mokonyane's office's generosity with our money cannot be faulted! I hope the office will express it's humility and gratitude to the taxpayers they will take the money from. That would be too giant step for these uncivilised ANC ingrates!

  • Lynn - 2011-11-24 20:12

    This is good to hear. I hope he makes a full recovery. Best wishes to his family.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-25 06:24

    The blue light vehicle DID hit him not allegedly. Ferreira family don't accept any money from these people. You won't be able to sue the pants off them. My prayers are still with you.

  • Mabel - 2011-11-25 07:41

    I am so glad he is out of ICU and pray he recovers. Justice has to take place though and Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi must be taken to court and the legal system must make him pay for this terrible crime. I still can't wrap my head around the fact that he was whisked away while this poor child lay bleeding on the road.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2011-11-25 08:11

    Wishing Thomas a full recovery and strength to his family.

  • Andre - 2011-11-25 10:21

    ....umm... lets re-phrase.... the TAX payer will pay for his medical requirement... MOKONYANE's office is incapable of carrying out a functional days work! Get well young man, wishing you a speedy recovery and full healing.

  • Cynthia - 2011-11-25 13:19

    Hope Thomas gets well soon. Hope his family are also going to sue the guilty party in his personal capacity. If you drive in a car with a blue light, does that give you the right to just mow down anyone in your way?

  • Cynthia - 2011-12-07 10:52

    How very sad and one can only hope that justice is truly done in this case. However, NO amount of money can compensate for the loss Thomas's parents are suffering. Not to watch him develope into a young man who obviously would have gone forward into a bright future, no grandchildren to look forward to. All because some moron thinks he owns the road. Miracles are happening every day Thomas, and I will pray for you. Good speed your recovery.

  • mninawa - 2011-12-07 14:57

    In South africa we had both Whites and Black Leader... Whites Orchestrated Apartheid and Blacks orchestrated BEE.. and Look now they are killing innocent childrens future... Actually all people in power they dont care about the people they server, they alway think about take advantage of others i mean Black(ANC.etc) and Whites(NP..etc)

  • Ayanda - 2011-12-23 14:56

    Allegedly? I thot it was a fact.

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