Boy hit by taxi driver 'brain damaged'

2011-09-27 09:38

Johannesburg - The 7-year-old boy hit and injured by a minibus taxi driven by Matome Thamage, is said to have sustained brain damage from the accident, according to a newspaper report on Tuesday.

The family of the Diepsloot boy are claiming more than R1m in damages from the Road Accident Fund, The Star reported.

An RAF investigator in possession of the boy's medical records and lawyers' letters said the boy had sustained brain damage after Thamage knocked him down while picking up a passenger on July 19.

Matome is out on bail after he was recently charged for allegedly knocking down a woman and dragging her beneath his vehicle for about 700 metres in Lonehill, Sandton.

RAF investigator Zachariah Nkosi said he had obtained a statement from Thamage at the Johannesburg Prison last week.

In the statement, Thamage said he had stopped to pick up passengers and was driving off when he heard a bang. He stopped and saw that he had hit a boy.

  • cb - 2011-09-27 09:45

    Hang the bastard!

      Kerr - 2011-09-27 09:52

      get this flipin oke off the road and into jail! Why the hell is he still driving??? OMG!!!

      LLEWELLYN - 2011-09-27 09:59

      NO JAIL needed just hang the F

      morentebo - 2011-09-27 09:59

      Can't they just knock him out with his car, and drag him , eye for an eye

      McDaNife - 2011-09-27 10:13

      O boy you in big trouble, never knew you are already in trouble with the law. I dont know why they did not pull away your driving licence for the first offence.

      cliffarc - 2011-09-27 10:34

      - Yet unbelievably, there are those like Valkerie, who still vehmently maintain that this same taxi driver, responsible for Kim McCuskers horrific injuries, is no more to blame than her fiance. His hypothesis of this taxi drivers right to a fair trial, totally outweighs the facts before us. They will preach for the rights of the culprits, while denying any rights to the victims.

      Ouman - 2011-09-27 10:38

      Taxi's have a speed limit of 80 KPH. How many Taxi drivers have been fined for driving over the limit? If I am doing 120 on the open road taxi's they get annoyed if I don't drive on the yellow line to let them pass. Talk about lowering the speed limit! Why not enforce the existing law.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-27 10:39

      Theres more where that idiot came from... Taxi's kill people everyday but that's OK by our Govt.

      Chris - 2011-09-27 10:45

      This is what happens when they lets him out on bail after dragging a woman under his taxi....Why did they not take his licence away?...we will never understand SA law.

      Steen - 2011-09-27 10:45

      I regret ever defending this Maron in the first place, now i fully believe that he hit the poor lady intentionally.

      York Hunt - 2011-09-27 10:48

      So this Matome Thamage is currently driving around? WTF!

      Ian - 2011-09-27 10:55

      @ Chris what licence, oh the ancyl luck packet one, that licence

      cliffarc - 2011-09-27 11:21

      - @ Steen - glad to see someone capable of seeing the facts - our "learned friend" Valkerie remains silent.

      Valkerie - 2011-09-27 12:09

      @ cliffarc: Thanks for the free name dropping there! ;) Your argument is, again, loaded with emotion and logically flawed. I merely stated that we don't have all the facts, and that your and others' automatic declaration of the fiance's INNOCENCE and/or the driver's GUILT is EQUALLY flawed because we (1) don't have all the facts and (2) this case has not run its course in court. Nowhere in these discussions did I declare either party innocent or guilty. I suggested is that this is a Trial by Media, and pleaded comments tempered with logical thought and moral fairness. The law applies more stringent tests to argument than just accepting generalisations and unproven prejudice as "fact". This case must be, like all others, judged fairly. My OPINION is that anybody who is serious about equal justice in South Africa would find these types of arguments unfair and morally wrong. You took that as a personal insult. If the shoe fits.. Addressing rights: - The driver has been arrested, charged, jailed and granted bail. - The fiance has been arrested, charged, and granted bail. - The young woman is receiving the best care our medical hospital is capable of. I wish her a full recovery. Where in all this has anybody's rights been infringed? I don't know if this "new" event can be submitted as aggrevating circumstances in court. Legal culpability has not been assigned as far as I can tell. The same argument should apply here. Innocent until proven guilty.

      cliffarc - 2011-09-27 12:15

      - Valkerie -Your stupidity simply has no bounds. You continue to blatantly ignore the facts presented of this taxi drivers habit of running people over.

      cliffarc - 2011-09-27 13:42

      - Valkerie- Playing with words seems to be a habit of yours. I'm not in this argument to win any popularity contests. My arguments have focused purely on the rights of human beings, whose lives have been impaired due to the needless, irresponsible actions of an individual, who , like you cares little for them. If you are so heartless to side with the culprit and ignore the victim, then you are indeed a callous , unlikeable character.

      texx - 2011-09-27 14:01

      Why dont you two get a room or a taxi :D

      Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-27 15:32

      Fora and flora... :-)

      cliffarc - 2011-09-27 15:51

      - Just so that everyone knows what a sad individual we're dealing with here, this same Valkerie was adamant in his defence of the woman, reported yesterday, who discarded her new born child on a rubbish dump and left it for dead. Once again he contrived another set of legal principles in her defence. He is simply a non- human, without an iota of compassion.

      Valkerie - 2011-09-27 16:48

      @ cliffarc: You must be exhausted from all the personal attacks against me. I don't see any replies to my arguments though. "He is simply a non- human, without an iota of compassion. " More personal insults? Are you serious? You'd rather just call me names than argue the points made? "Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things." [Thomas Merton] "Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and deepest reach in his or her search for self-fulfillment." [Arthur Jersild]

      ivory - 2011-09-27 22:09

      I have never met anyone like VALKERIE with such warped, twisted opinions on tragic news like this. Defending the murderer, the poor innocent murderder tsk!!!! Yesterday it was the baby that was dumped, and Valkerie kept defending the Poor mother... I feel for the victims, I don't care what drove the murderers to these acts, Why should we give them any thought???

  • Swart_Baas - 2011-09-27 09:47

    sickening, very disgusting! whats wrong with these people? have they got no respect for life!

      GypseyAnn - 2011-09-27 09:55

      You ask the question that so many people have asked for what seems like forever - people have really become desensitised and do not take ownership of the damage they cause. This is very evident where criminals are concerned and where they have idols such as Julius Malema and Jub Jub as their heros. All these people seem to be "cool" in the eyes of the multitudes.

      Tourmaline - 2011-09-27 10:11

      Taxi drivers have no respect for anything, period!! Remove them all and save our children!!!

      John Right - 2011-09-27 12:47

      Animals don't have remorse for anyone. He is a true representation of the ANCYL. All Animals with no brain, emotion or self respect. I say throw him in the ocean and let him swim for his life 20km to shore. If he makes it he will appreciate life.

      cliffarc - 2011-09-27 21:00

      - Frighteningly, the third time lucky principle with this taxi driver, could result in someone's death next time.

  • Disappointed - 2011-09-27 09:47

    Oh my goodness - this man should never be allowed to drive again - EVER!!

      Tolerant - 2011-09-27 09:49

      I agree, take his licence away.

      Swart_Baas - 2011-09-27 09:51

      not good enough...lock him away.

      Ollie - 2011-09-27 09:52

      Never allowed to drive is not harsh enough he must be locked up for life. Get's out on bail and now this - so obviously the first "accident" was no accident - this man is a menace to society.

      bournevw - 2011-09-27 09:52

      Actually, he shouldn't be allowed to breathe again...

      Janine - 2011-09-27 12:47

      Does he even have a valid licence?

  • IC1 - 2011-09-27 09:48

    OMG, lock this barbarian up!

  • Ollie - 2011-09-27 09:49

    Why must Road accident pay for this - don't taxi's have insurance - of course not the taxi owner should be sued for this. I think Road accident fund is a good thing for other accidents but what do taxi's contribute to - don't pay tax have no insurance, won't have to pay toll fees - the taxis' are in actual fact a business and should be treated as one. My sympathies for the family on this tragedy

      PB - 2011-09-27 10:22

      Good point Ollie The RA Fund is being abused left right and centre. Why should the rest of us pay for our own insurance? In countries like the USA, NO vehicle is allowed on the road without insurance, but in the good old RSA, the over taxed citizens have to cover the damage to life and limb that these irrisponsible fake-license holders cause, and no one even blinks about it. It is high time the taxi industry gets slapped down to size - they act like a lawless, untouchable entity. The ANC are so scared of upsetting the Taxi-Mafia that they let them get away with driving like lunatics, not paying taxes and insurance, not paying toll fees. On top of that, driving coffins on wheels - there are hardly any taxis on the road that would pass a roadworthy inspection. Meanwhile the rest of us has to pay towards all the damage caused by these lunatics and get killed by drivers who bought their licenses in lucky packets. The transport minister has his head up his backside to blame road deaths on speed.

      tracer - 2011-09-27 14:32

      there needs to be more than 1 vehicle involved in order for the road accident fund to be sued......

  • Jacques - 2011-09-27 09:52

    This bastard shouldn't be allowed to drive

      The_Realist - 2011-09-27 09:54

      or breathe!

  • jannie.debeer - 2011-09-27 09:52

    Taxi and commercial passenger operators should pay more to the RAF. They are a higher risk than the rest. As for this guy, he is a repeat offender, and irrespective of his sentense should never be allowed behind a wheel again.

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-27 09:52

    Wow Matome, it looks like you have not learned the lesson. Very sad about the child :(

  • Guess_Boy - 2011-09-27 09:52

    why is he still in possession of a drivers license??? this is not acceptable. . .TERRIBLE, THEY CANT JUDGE TIME AND DISTANCE yet they drive taxi's

      Victoria - 2011-09-27 10:24

      He probably doesn't HAVE a driver's license!!!!

      Yar - 2011-09-27 19:17

      Hi Vic Does appear to have a drivers license, but sadly he is not in posession of the required PDP (Public Drivers Permit).

  • Candice Ramroop - 2011-09-27 09:56

    Ok so he heard the bang when the knocked this little boy- why didn't he hear the bang when he knocked Kim McCusker? (Most probably a bigger and heavier body) Strange...

  • Colline - 2011-09-27 09:56

    take his licence away? how many taxi drivers have legitimate licences anyway??? this man is a maniac, like most taxi drivers.

  • ANC Comrade - 2011-09-27 09:57

    Doing it once maybe an accident, doing it twice you are entitled to a lifetime in prison!

      Theresa - 2011-09-27 10:02

      And yet he's out on R5000.00 bail.WTF?Lock him up and throw away the key!

  • Charlie - 2011-09-27 10:01

    Does this idiot have a VALID Public Drivers Permit? Do any of these taxi drivers have one? Come to think of it, does he even HAVE a drivers license? Bastard!!

      Yar - 2011-09-27 19:23

      No PDP

  • Hay Seeds - 2011-09-27 10:02

    Why is he still driving, taxi drivers feel absolute nothing for other road users, and the business has turned into a mufia/gangster business with greed and lust as the main goal.

  • crocoros - 2011-09-27 10:04

    He defintely must never get behind a wheel ever again. First he knocks down a boy causing brain damage, then he knocks and drags Kim and she is seriously injured. His licence should be thrown into the sea and he must be thrown into jail.

  • Pienaar Kloppers - 2011-09-27 10:06

    When is enough enough?

  • Pandora - 2011-09-27 10:06

    Just to think that people were commenting that it was the blond's fault that she was hit and that she was standing in front of the taxi, so is it now the boy's fault this time, was the boy standing in front of the taxi? Poor boy!!

      woteva - 2011-09-27 12:01

      no it was the blondes fault.. she was standing infront of the taxi telling her fiance to "moer him" The kid prolly ran infront of the taxi just being a silly kid.... never heard of a white person running over a child?

      Pandora - 2011-09-27 12:10

      Were you there when the driver hit the blond?

      pratisha - 2011-09-27 12:31

      @woteva, please read the articles relating to kim and to the boy again. Dont be silly, be a humanitarian of this country, put your thinking cap on, be objective. Playing the race card just cheapens your argument.

      Taurus 11 - 2011-09-27 12:47

      @ woteva So you were there listening to "the blond" therefore YOU are responsible for NOT stopping the Taxi Driver.Please tell your dung beetle to roll you away to the rest of your kind

  • Kevin King - 2011-09-27 10:07

    Limpopo, Sunday 25th, Afrikaner teacher tortured before being dragged 2km behind his car.

      Kevin King - 2011-09-27 10:13

      I just assumed this story would be more newsworthy than the taxi driver incident because: 1. Race was involved, again 2. The victim was tortured first 3. The victim died 4. Nothing was stolen

      armosyn - 2011-09-27 11:16

      dinti, so when it is black on black it is crime, but when it is black on white, it is politics? Jy klink soos een van die barbare.

      Kevin King - 2011-09-27 11:26

      @ Armosyn: I'm saying when race is involved the media can sensationalise the story eg Waterkloof 4, Bees Roux etc. But the most sensational stories they refuse to report, doesn't make sense?

  • sweets18 - 2011-09-27 10:08

    This dude is a menace to society he should have his licence taken away for life and go to d@mn jail. Guys like you give taxi drivers a k*k name. Monkey!

  • RVQ - 2011-09-27 10:10

    Someone phone the minister, if he wants to save lives on the road I know where he can start

  • Bova007 - 2011-09-27 10:10

    WTF!!! How is this f^&^ker still on the road?!

  • Toni - 2011-09-27 10:12

    This idiot must be taken off the road!

  • ariete - 2011-09-27 10:16

    @againstbiascomments - no, they people he knocks over are very unlucky, he is just a bad driver.

  • Byron - 2011-09-27 10:19

    what is this idiot doing on the road many more lives have to be affected before we stand up and take note

  • foxybrazer - 2011-09-27 10:22

    Why is the bastard still on the roads??? Will he have to kill someone first before any action is taken against him?

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  • Quo Vadis? - 2011-09-27 10:27

    I listened to a police statement this morning on the radio. He was never charged with the offence because according to the police spokesman, and I quote "He personally came to the police station to report the accident." lovely.

      Pandora - 2011-09-27 10:34

      thats great, so that means that if I had to knock someone all I have to do is go to the police station and report the accident and I went get into any trouble. Awesome!!

      Disappointed - 2011-09-27 10:34

      Lovely indeed - so in other words, if you go to the police station to report the fact that you committed a criminal offence you will get off, because at least you were honest... What a joke!

      Quo Vadis? - 2011-09-27 10:43

      Pandora, Dissapointed, my sentiments exactly.

      bonny - 2011-09-27 10:57

      That's quite a legal prescedent to set.. must remember that for future.

      Yar - 2011-09-27 19:27

      Hi Quo Odd that when Kim Mc Cuskers fiance voluntarily appeared at the police station, he was charged, arrested and dragged off to court immediately. Double standards maybe?

  • Clio - 2011-09-27 10:33

    What a disgusting piece of work...he should be off the road and rotting in jail - problem is that its MY tax money that pays for his jail term!!!

  • IQ - 2011-09-27 10:33

    Ja en so haal sy geskiedenis hom in! Wil nou sien hoe julle hierdie man nou gaan probeer verdedig Mal-ema!

      ivory - 2011-09-27 22:23

      Mal-ema goeie een haha. Nog beter een: Julius ENEMA lol

  • CBCOZA - 2011-09-27 10:34

    "had stopped to pick up passengers and was driving off when he heard a bang. He stopped and saw that he had hit a boy." Exactly, not looking properly and being vigilant around you. This is the nature of taxi drivers, they have no concern for what's around them, its all about them.

  • SGL - 2011-09-27 10:37

    It is blatantly obvious that Thamage is not a competent driver, he is not aware of anything going on outside his taxi and I am damned sure he doesn't have a valid PDP licence either! He should not have been given a driver's licence in the first place. Oh but of course, how stupid of me! He bought it next to the road! I have these blonde moments.... This guy is a danger to everyone and should be locked up - period!

  • wishfulthinking - 2011-09-27 10:37

    It's also been touted that this punk does not even have a driver's licence NOR a valid taxi permit! Yet SAPS/Metro were advising him of his rights and what counter charges to lay in the Lonehill incident! I am FUMING!!!!!

  • Malcop - 2011-09-27 10:38

    Get the right lawyers, claim from the road accident fund, and all pain and suffering goes away. Typically African. I would rather be suing the driver and putting him behind bars.

      The Patriot - 2011-09-27 12:41

      Pot calling the kettle black here? Winnie Mandela aucastrated the murder of Stompies Siphiwe, sentenced to 8 yrs, did not spent one night in jail. Darby Lewis aucastrated the murder of Chris Hanni, got life in prison with out parole? Go play with yourself.

      Realistiqly - 2011-09-27 12:52

      Jacky, the boy that has brain damage is black. See the pattern here. If it was only the white that was run over by this man, it could have maybe had a different opinion. The fact is, it is not about race, it is about whether this man is a threat to society or not.

  • Side_Winder - 2011-09-27 10:38

    Well this kinda takes away any sympathy one mighta had for this knob... But it does not change the fact that we need to keep our rage in check cause the road is full of primitive un-evolved idiots like this (of all colours!!). Taxi drivers definitely top the list though..

      Yar - 2011-09-27 19:43

      Dear Winder Where are those 2 tossers "Peter Pain" and "Mswati" who defended this taxi driving filth over the last few days. Do all those people who accused Kim McCuskers boyfriend of road rage and assault in the last few days have any reason why Thamage had to run over the little boy? Go on where are you all?

      cliffarc - 2011-09-27 20:28

      - With you there Yar - and how about Lucyfer, our " learned friend " lawyer, with his ad hominem legal pomposity parade.

      barkers - 2011-09-27 20:50

      @cliffarc ... is that you, Liam28? "ad hominem" "learned friend" Bwhahahaha!!!!

      Yar - 2011-09-28 06:40

      @cliffarc Yes - him too, and a large collection who blamed Lourens Grobler. Now that the taxi scumdriver is properly revealed, I hear no apologies. No statements that say "Maybe I was hasty, maybe I was wrong. Sorry I spoke crap without thinking. Maybe I just jump to conclusions and talk without cause." To all of you that claim that it was Lourens Grobler's fault, shut up or apologise.

  • Samora - 2011-09-27 10:41

    ANC driver

  • Noem_My_Baas - 2011-09-27 10:41

    One bullet 3 taxi that ayoba

  • Dwane - 2011-09-27 10:42

    I declare war on all taxi drivers that fail to obey the laws of the road. I F%$%ing hate you taxi drivers.

  • York Hunt - 2011-09-27 10:45

    The taxi industry in South Africa is a DISGRACE!!!

  • tennilleg - 2011-09-27 10:45

    Let's see how the taxi industry try and molly-coddle this a-hole now, I bet the 7 year old also provoked him. This Thamage sounds like a first rate citizen, let's make him President.

      Taurus 11 - 2011-09-27 12:56

      No you got it wrong. the 7 Year old's little sister was punching and throttling the driver so he drove away to avoid being assaulted. Isuggest that he is given usefull employment use him as a road beacon seperating lanes on the unlit section of any highway Hours of duty 19.00 to 05.00 DAILY

  • n s - 2011-09-27 10:47

    what is this guy still doing on the road??? how pathetic is this justice system

  • TSlabbert - 2011-09-27 10:48

    This is just absolutely unbelievable. If it was me, I would have been thrown in prison by now - how can certain individuals get away with everything. I do believe that the judicial who granted him bail should be thrown in jail with him!!!!!

  • Carolyn - 2011-09-27 10:51

    How is it possible for this idiot to be allowed to operate a taxi? Lock the idiot up and throw away the key.

  • H2O - 2011-09-27 10:52

    It is very clear that this man do not belong behind a steering wheel even more so carrying customers. This man drove over TWO persons within a matter of few weeks. majority of people never do that in their life times as drivers!! No no, this shows that he is arrogant with no respect but for himself and his wallet. He should be banned from driving a taxi and even be locked up for a very long time.

  • bonny - 2011-09-27 10:52

    Surely they must have realised this chap had a prior dodgey incident under his belt (or taxi) before releasing him on bail for the second incident ..

  • Ian - 2011-09-27 10:54

    but his gold digging (state sponsered) slap gat useless lawyer says he must be on bail so he can drive his taxi, charge the prick as well

  • The World is F@cked! - 2011-09-27 10:54

    This "THING" is using his vehicle as a weapon - death this murderer to be!!

  • Stefan - 2011-09-27 10:55

    What I don't understand, is why the bastard got out on bail in the first place. To drag a woman for 700m is sadistic to say the least. Whether she is white or black doesn't matter. Now the guy is out on bail and by "co-incidence" he hits a boy. Where is South Africa going to? Pathetic!!!

  • theprodigy - 2011-09-27 10:55

    cut his head off!!

  • Pete OJ - 2011-09-27 10:58

    I am not the greatest fan of taxi drivers, but in terms of the law, this accident is unrelated to current events. He was not prosecuted then and as such the authorities were of the opinion that no prima facie case existed. To relate the two cases inpedes his rights to a fair and uncluttered trial and could form a basis of defense that could lead to his acquital in the latter case. The coverage he gets in the media for the unrelated case is clouding the current case. The previous case should not even be referred too if the NPA hopes to prosecute successfully. Even so, he is innocent until proven guilty. Shoddy journalism seeking sensation.

      woteva - 2011-09-27 11:47

      Completely Agree with you! Sensationalism! The driver did every thing he could after the first accident, by taking child to hospital and then reporting the accident himself.. in my mind this in itself proves he is not the heartless person people are making him out to be!

      Valkerie - 2011-09-27 19:55

      @ Pete OJ: Glad to see there are others with a level mind on this emotional roller coaster. Fully agree with your comment.

  • fraidycat - 2011-09-27 10:58

    Why is he still allowed behind the wheel of a vehicle after the first accident - he clearly does not have the skill or knowledge of driving commercial vehicles. Get him back in jail and forget about him...he is a menace to society!