Don't politicise blue light crash - MEC

2012-02-23 08:20

Johannesburg - The crash in which West Rand teenager Thomas Ferreira was severely injured was an accident like any other, Gauteng local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi said on Wednesday.

"Let's just remember that about 14 000 people die annually on South Africa's roads," he said, according to Beeld newspaper.

"People should not be ridiculous and politicise this accident, just because a blue light vehicle was involved. This was an accident just like any other.

"If you take the annual road death toll into account, blue light vehicles are not responsible for even one percent of these incidents. We should just be thankful that Ferreira is improving," he said.

Mmemezi was in the official car that knocked Ferreira off his motorcycle on November 5.

Witnesses allege that the car jumped a red light, and that Mmemezi was immediately whisked from the scene by two bodyguards.

Ferreira was in a coma for weeks and is still recovering at the Riverfield Lodge Rehabilitation Centre in Fourways, Johannesburg.

"All good people in South Africa are overjoyed that Thomas is making such a miraculous recovery. I'm glad he's getting better," Mmemezi told Beeld.

  • mariuskowie - 2012-02-23 08:27

    Just look at the circumstances leading up to the crash. If blue-light political vehicles are not banned, then it is politicized. They are endangering lives and expect the public to shut up.

      Francois - 2012-02-23 08:36

      I think we must politicize this, but in another way. Sbu must explain why there are 14, 000 road deaths every year and why this enormous failure on his side can be used to justify the ego of one of his colleagues. Sbu, let is start with the taxis, get the safe, roadworthy, abiding by traffic rules, not overloaded, give them proper places to stop and then lets see how the 14, 000 is reduced. Then there is off course the fact that if someone abuses authority and it leads to this kind of accident, it is automatically in the politcally domain and it was politics (and a good load of ego and bad management) that inherently led to the accident. We are waiting Sbu.

      Mr Kcopah - 2012-02-23 08:40 they account for less than a %, but purpose do they serve..other than putting unnecessary pressure on the road with their high speeds..should we start waking up and seeing the danger when the start accounting for 40% of the accidents? coz it see we're a country who put out fires and not prevent them.

      Fred - 2012-02-23 09:00

      It IS a political thing because it is only one political party, the anc-bigwigs, that insists on using them. Their high speeds, agression, disregard of other motorists and blatant disregard of the laws of the road leave all other road-users in mortal danger whenever they are around. How can it NOT be politicsed ???? What is so special about these morons that WE TAXPAYERS employ that gives them the right to put our lives in danger. They forget that they are OUR EMPLOYEES, not our lords and masters.

      waynehabig - 2012-02-23 09:02

      This must be one of the dumbest statements ever... In that thinking you could say that if a politician kills a journalist we should't be upset because politicians doen't cause 1% of deaths in S.A.

      Max - 2012-02-23 09:15

      I agree, the moment you put a blue light on a vehicle and think you are becoming a godlike being because of your political afiliation, it becomes a political issue.

      Freddie - 2012-02-23 09:22

      Why did the car have a blue light in the first place? For political reasons!! This is a political incident, a lowly little mec does not warrant a blue light, nor ignoring road rules. Wake up Mmemzei,you ignorant political fool!

      Willie - 2012-02-23 09:27

      "...This was an accident just like any other..." a young man's life is taken back by more than his age.You are an irresponsible politician we will politices it,boet

      Rob - 2012-02-23 09:42

      I was nearly taken off my bike by a "blue light brigade", was completely their fault as they were driving wrecklessly so some p03s could get to his meeting on time.

      Erich - 2012-02-23 10:19

      Why not politize? The occupants were politicians, a politician made a promise to pay the medical bills of the unfortunate boy (which has'nt happened yet) and politicians regularly call on motorists to drive safely and certain not to jump red traffic lights. PLEASE TELL ME WHY WE SHOULD NOT POLITICIZE THIS INCIDENT, IF YOU PLEASE Mr MMEMEZI

      Bryan - 2012-02-23 10:44

      Am I reading this properly??? How can the Mmezi twat come up with such a statement. It was not a normal accident! Speeding, running a red light and leaving the scene of an accident are a criminal offence you fat over-sized moron.. Get a frikkin life FFS..!!!

      Alex - 2012-02-23 11:15

      I wonder should the story have been "mmemezi, rescues boy from attempted hijacking murder. The blue light vehicle prevented criminals escape while MEC rushes to boys aid." should it not be politicized and be considered just another case of an ordinary citizen helping another?

      Grant - 2012-02-23 11:20

      @Kcopah and Wayne: That 1% statement really does show just what enormous idiots these people are! If I had to jump in my car and mow over and kill somebody once a week for an entire year, I'd also be below the 1% mark, so what's the big deal?? :P Or what if I just didnt pay 1% of South Africa's tax? What a retard this guy is!

      waynehabig - 2012-02-23 11:38

      Exactly @Grant... It's just scary to think that the people wo govern us don't bother to think before speaking to the media, much less take responsibility for their actions and even WAY less OBIDE BY THE LAW...

      Gerhard - 2012-02-23 12:42

      The government is a dismal failure

      Danny - 2012-02-23 13:07

      @ Waynehabig - we have some of the dumbest politicians. What's your point?

      Tgif - 2012-02-23 13:52

      The problem MEC Mmemezi is that the political blue light was being used on a Saturday to get to KFC quicker.This is not politicizing the matter,this is complaining about the abuse of political powers.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-02-24 16:03

      Some how I think you are a half wit (or less) Mr MEC. It doesn't matter if there are accidents on the road. This was not an accident it was attempted murder . Your driver was deliberately breaking the law and The laws are there to prevent this sort of thing. And you sir, are an accessorie to the crime, the driver was in your employ, under your supervision and you did nothing to stop him breaking the law as his employer/supervisor. Don't try and get some sort of sympathy from the public, claiming it was an accident, the driving and law breaking was illegal and deliberate. If you don't want it politicised start a campaign to get these Blue light thugs off the road. It is your party that is politicising it by allowing it.

      marcelminnaar - 2012-02-24 17:12

      Should get a ford F250, put a blue light on the roof and I will wait for Humphrey to cross the intersection. I will say this would be the best in the "Public Interest"? We want to see you in the hospital for the next few months!!!

      mundu.olewega - 2012-02-24 18:16

      Deliberately going thru a red light because you think you have a political right to do so makes it a political issue. I suggest that you, Mmemze, pay up and STFU.

      Denise - 2012-02-24 19:43

      Another victim of the reckless 'blue-light brigade' in this latest high-profile incident involving the much-maligned VIP Protection Unit. AGAIN! or STILL! or whatever...the convoy had run a red traffic light!!!

      Alf - 2012-04-12 10:23

      That MEC isd a total moron. Like his premier, he wants to sweep this atrocity under the carpet. As for the Gauteng premier, do what you promised, and stop making speeches and then back out of it. I guess you learnt from your president, who warns Africans not to be so PESTIMISTIC! Looks like we are surrounded by opportunistic, incompetent morons. crooks.

  • Henning - 2012-02-23 08:28

    Accident se gat! It was due to negligent and very very poor driving

      dirk.smit1 - 2012-02-23 08:39

      Yes, I agree. How is this an accident when you went passed the traffic on the yellow line and jumped a red light? Accident? No mr MEC, that is attempted murder.

      George - 2012-02-23 08:48

      When you commit a crime and cause an accident, what do you call it. Shake you head, your eyes are stuck.

      Dennis - 2012-02-23 09:11

      Hey Humphrey, if you had your way this "accident" would never have been reported !! YOU ARE JUST AS GUILTY AS YOUR INCOMPETENT DRIVER !!!!

      Alan - 2012-02-23 09:45

      Correct Henning! And if you take into account the number of Blue light accidents in relation to the number if blue-light vehicles, you will find the percentage of blue-light accidents is way higher than that of other vehicles. Fact is - the blue-lights are abused by politicians and 'public servants' who consider themselves to be important people on importants missions. Whaahaaa!!! Bad driving and speeding causes accidents, injuries and deaths. There is no politician in this country who has any right to endanger the life of another under any circumstance. Lets level the playing fieldsand ban blue lights for a start.

      Bob - 2012-02-23 10:53

      I don't see how driving through a red robot is an accident, at the very least manslaughter charge and more like attempted murder, it does absolve the driver from this because it's a blue light vehicle, what the hell are they rushing for anyway, only ambulances and police cars rushing to a serious crime scene should be able to break the laws of the road and then only with due care.

      Mannie777 - 2012-02-23 14:41

      "Witnesses allege that the car jumped a red light, and that Mmemezi was immediately whisked from the scene by two bodyguards." Mmememememezi can also be charged for leaving a scene of an accident!!!!

      mundu.olewega - 2012-02-24 18:24

      Since this ahole nearly killed a biker, maybe we could ask the Hells Angels to bring some justice to him?

  • Bardy - 2012-02-23 08:28

    It has to be politicized because if you guys did not think that you are above the law and you can do what you want, you would not have jumped that red light and crashed into that poor child! Other accidents are accidents... This one could have been prevented had you guys like any normal citizen, obeyed the rules of the road. Down with the blue light brigade!

      Wouter - 2012-02-23 08:29

      Bardy, I cannot agree with you more.

      David - 2012-02-23 09:22

      Agree 100%. But in a normal accident the driver would stop and a complete report would be made with the cops. As someone was injured the law states that the vehicle cannot be moved and nobody can leave the scene. Here we have a case where this did not happen. A case would be opened for recless driving.

      PB - 2012-02-23 09:38

      Mmemezi YOU ARE A POMPOUS ASS. "This was an accident just like any other" NO IT WAS NOT - IT WAS ATTEMPTED MURDER

      Ina - 2012-02-23 10:02

      Very, very well said!

      David - 2012-02-23 13:34

      Mr Mmemezi politicise this, YOU are a F&^king idiot who does not deserve to breath the air that the innocent boy your driver and you almost killed breaths. Thomas i hope you make a full recovery and sue the daylights out of this piece of rubbish. Blue light brigade try your stunts with me.

  • Werner - 2012-02-23 08:31

    IT IS POLITCAL, because the government is represented by you and your job is to look out for the peopl and by that definition be an example to the people and you failed them by A.) Putting your appointments above the life of an ordinary citizen and B.) not claiming responsibility by hiding behind a statistic. Statistics dont kill people, but ANC government official almost did.

  • Nicholas - 2012-02-23 08:31

    Don't politicise it? Apart from the police, who else drives around at high speeds with blue lights flashing ignoring all the rules of the road because they are always late for meetings??

  • Donald - 2012-02-23 08:32

    How f**** arrogant of the minister! But we have become accustomed to their behavior. "Witnesses allege that the car jumped a red light" is not in my humble opinion an accident. It was deliberately done!

  • kevlam4 - 2012-02-23 08:32

    Mr. Mmemezi, nobody but you is politicising this incident. This "accident" was the result of the arrogant and "couldn't care less" attitude of the driver of the vehicle. A blue light (and not sounding the siren) ONLY WHEN CROSSING AN INTERSECTION is not a political decision, but a decision made by the so-called driver of the vehicle. As usual with the cANCer cadres, you are trying to justify your way out of the position you are in by politicising this incident YOURSELF.

  • Lynn - 2012-02-23 08:34

    This was not just an accident. The fool of a driver disregarded a red light. And why did he think he had the right to disregard the rules of the road? Because of that same sense of entitlement that most government employees seem to walk around with these days.

  • MSGRule - 2012-02-23 08:35

    Jou M*er Humprey what a terrible article. You drove illegally with your blue light. P.O.S!!!!

  • Treatwell Trey - 2012-02-23 08:35

    Oh ok MEC just cos blue light vehicles don't contribute in road death tolls that automatically makes it ok for you to run over people.

  • Mordekai Freedom Shumba - 2012-02-23 08:36

    The idiot should have continued with his trap shut. Now he is even making things worse. The icident exposed him as a reckless, impatient, careless and insensitive person. Now his comment shows him as more, much more. Idiot

      Bokfan - 2012-02-23 09:20

      Exactly my thinking Mordekai. And that includes all my colleagues ( of every race and political persuasion) who have talked about the incredible callousness of this peeeg.

      Marion - 2012-02-23 10:07

      Well said Mordekai. These 'blue light brigades' put everyone on the road at risk when they are on the road. They are a law unto themselves. Down with blue light brigades. These VIP (very important people - legends in their own minds) should get new PA's who can help them work out their schedules so that they can be on time.

  • Ian - 2012-02-23 08:36

    An "Accident" is an unplanned uncontrolled event. The driver deliberatly used his official vehicle, belonging to a political figure, to disregard the rules of the road. This was not an accident. If the driver had lost control then maybe, but a blatant disregard for fellow road users shows the arrogance of the blue light vehicle. The driver jumping a red light was motivated by his employers "political" status, so this is very much a political issue.

      Scebberish - 2012-02-23 09:36

      Actually legally it is attempted Manslaughter, they jumped a red light! And if the person dies, according to the government after all the taxi accidents, it should then become MURDER!

  • Piet - 2012-02-23 08:36

    YOU ARE NOT bBETTER than the people! YOU ARE NOT! You are servants of the people! Useless Corrupt ANC officials!!!!!! !

  • samtheboer - 2012-02-23 08:37

    Hunmphrey, you should be an example, not part of the statistics!!!

  • Beth - 2012-02-23 08:38

    The fact remains that too often "blue lights" are used by the powers that be when there is no need. The argument that "blue light" accidents do not account for even 1% of road accidents is irrelevant. Why is it that when people in power are in the wrong, there is always some drivel in an edeavour to substantiate their behaviour. Living in CT and using the M3 5-days a week to and from work, there is rarely a day that goes by where the police van carrying prisoners to Pollsmoor does not put on it's "blue lights" and siren in order to get through the peak hour traffic. Is this an absolute necessity? I seriously doubt it. Instead of trying to justify accidents when these lights are used, why aren't government officials and their entourage informed of the use of these.

      Marion - 2012-02-23 10:10

      I don't have a problem with prisoners being escorted to court / jail with a blue light brigade. There are safety / security issues involved with that. But to transport public servants (yebo, servants of the people) with blue light brigades is unacceptable. No one other than JZ and KM should be entitled to blue light brigades. No one.

  • Madder Man - 2012-02-23 08:38

    if it was the official in the car that had been injured, then it would no longer be considered a mere statistical road accident. are these people better humans than us? the very fact that an authority figure was in the crash makes it a political matter!

      PB - 2012-02-23 09:51

      You are so right! He should have been at the forefront of getting help - instead he was whisked away by bodyguards. What a pathetic human being

      Marion - 2012-02-23 10:12

      What is JubJub being charged with? Murder. Because he allegedly was not obeying the rules of the road when that accident happened. Neither was this guy obeying the rules of the road.

  • Larry - 2012-02-23 08:38

    The incident was political,. If the Blue Light brigade had this political perk withdrawn, the incident would not have happened.

      nkosiab - 2012-02-23 08:53

      Political incident, that interesting

      Larry - 2012-02-23 09:06

      Hard to call it an accident, when the ANC is involved… Yep, I will stick with incident, although I believe that the ANC is an accident constantly waiting to happen.

  • KobieSchantellJooste - 2012-02-23 08:38

    And where is the promise our beloved Premier of Gauteng made, just as she promised to assit with the Bob van Reenen Athletics in her opening speech in 2011? Promises, promises and again promises.

  • dirk.smit1 - 2012-02-23 08:41

    It was well said in the movie "Hot Fuzz". It is called a "collision" because an accident means no one is to blame. In this case, there is someone to blame, so it is NOT and accident!!!!

  • roodbol - 2012-02-23 08:42

    Your comment is the government's way to carry on with histerical speeding, for no reason at all but a power trip, no matter what! If the Very Incompetent Person ['VIP'] in the vehicle was injured [like this boy in question], imagine the outcry then! It's NOT political [as you blacks always point out - you have such a chip on your shoulder, after all these years!] but basic, decent road safety - has the driver have a ligitimate driver's licence? Shame on you all for wanting to pass the buck [again]!

  • garth.bester2 - 2012-02-23 08:44

    How arrogant can you get Mr Minister, I am sure you would not make the same statement were it your child.BAN THE BLUE LIGHTS they do cause accidents on the roads and as for saying that they dont account a percentage of the accidents is pure B/S. You should be charged in court.

  • Stuka - 2012-02-23 08:47

    ok so the accedent might no be in a sense political..but your jungle bunny attitude comes with you cANCer infested brain you fumb duck!

  • guyt1 - 2012-02-23 08:47

    A-hole , of cos it must be politicised . These blue light brigade need to come down a peg or two. The ministers who drive in them should be held responsible.

  • clintisco - 2012-02-23 08:47

    yo Humphrey!!! let me drive over one of your 15 kid's head and call it a accident! You and your driver should be in jail!!!!

  • Schmee - 2012-02-23 08:47

    There are more ambulances on the roads than blue-light vehicles yet there are less ambulance accidents than so-called accidents by blue-light vehicles. Maybe that has to do with ambulance drivers having a genuine concern for other road users and their own passengers. The fact that ministers are arrogant enough to think that their time is more important than the lives of other road users speaks volumes. This is a political matter because without the political will to care for the citizens the ministers serve there will be no change to the arrogant unsafe behaviour.

  • CALAMITYSA - 2012-02-23 08:49

    Humphrey Mmemezi - And let us also not make it a racial issue. If we analyse accidents the data will show that 80% is somebody's negligence. This case was a very bad example. Please ask all the ministers NOT to use blue lights, to drive slowly and careful, to be on time for their meetings so that they do not have to speed or jump robots. Lives are important. The province can save millions annually on accident damages, FUEL - if the speed limits are respected, brake pads - if they drive properly. The motto should be - DRIVE IN A MANNER THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE BRAKES! It is possible sir. I will show you if you do not believe me. Now - try to tell the drivers of the province to CHANGE THE CULTURE - do you think that will be possible?? No politics, no racism - just a request.

  • njdejager - 2012-02-23 08:49

    Go fly a kite MEC! If you can't talk sense then rather don't talk at all. You are a politician and everything you do is political. Politicians does not care about the people or care about serving them.

  • julia.dovetoncain - 2012-02-23 08:51

    geez is this MEC for real?

  • cliff.drysdale - 2012-02-23 08:51

    Regardless of blue light ornot. The person driving should be held to same standards. On Blu7e Lights out transport minister clearly states that excessive speed kills so why allow some one to drive at excessive speeds anyway. Just asking for trouble.

  • Thelma - 2012-02-23 08:52

    Mmmm News24 deleting my comment...take it you can't handle the truth!!!

      Roy - 2012-02-23 09:17

      Maybe because he is an "official" or he has his finger in the newspapers?

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-02-23 09:30

      Happens to me all the time...when you really hit a raw nerve the comment goes!

      Thelma - 2012-02-23 09:35

      Take it the MEC family or friends works for News24!

      Celtis - 2012-02-23 10:10

      Sorry about your comment, I missed it. So we should ignore the blue-light-job but what about the political prisoners? Even treatment of a minor offence in an brutal way signifies political prisoner status.

      Bossie - 2012-02-23 11:34

      Thelma, sounds interesting. Place it on FaceBook, I would like to read it.

  • aspruyt - 2012-02-23 08:53

    Oh snap! He was in that vehicle, no wonder he is trying to wriggle himself out of it. Slimy bastard. About 3 days ago IIRC about 6 non emergency number plate hummers and other massive 4x4's were escorting this huge blue armored truck around 6am on the N1 South through Midrand with blue lights flashing, there were a few more police cars also keeping traffic away behind and in front with about 200m of space that they were literally pushing everyone off the road. Even at 6am that stretch can go sluggish around New road etc and having some brainless twit speeding 150km/h+ up you bumb when there is NOWHERE to go is a joke. These idiots needs to be put down. They do not even have B or emergency service number plates. I vote cut their privates off and maybe they would be less aggressive to normal tax paying citizens who are fed-up of their bullying and misuse of power!

  • Monti - 2012-02-23 08:54

    Humpfreys toffee sticky business what disappointing people in charge Allways looking a way out. Silly people. Was it toffees child that died

  • Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-23 08:54

    Huh, aint Riverfield lodge a drug rehabilitation centre???

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-02-23 08:54

    At first she felt bad and now making excuses?? F-ing Cow!! She's responsible for what happened to him and her car jumped a red robot!! FFS!! If it was any other person they'd be locked up by now. Being in government does NOT make you more important than anybody else - you lose that job you are NOBODY!! WTF is going on? They are destroying everything in their path. Money hungry, excuse making, useless twats! Wish something would happen - a miracle maybe??

      Roy - 2012-02-23 09:19

      WELL said.Now we must vote the crap out of their comfy positions.

  • Pieter Janse van Rensburg - 2012-02-23 08:56

    Dear MEC. We can make this what we want. When you start censor the news then you'll propably say that boy coused the accident.

  • Ian - 2012-02-23 08:56

    Well, if the MEC didn't try and deny it and didn't flee from the scene then it would have remained an ordinary incident.

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-02-23 12:06

      Ian he fled only because he was scared of mod justice. but, he is so totally inocent and mobs attack the guilty, so he had nothing to fear. he remained silent as he is well aware that "anything you say or do, can and will be used against you in a court of law" hence as an inocent bystander, he said nothing. you know how the police always find things that were never there and that the suspect never had in his possesion, this was one of those moments in his life. :)

  • Michael Patron - 2012-02-23 08:57

    I just think it is ridiculous that he points out 14,000 road deaths as a "positive" to prove his point! 14,000 deaths on the road!!! That's appalling!!

      Silvana - 2012-02-23 13:36

      @Michael. Have you only woken up now to the fact that life is cheap in SA?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-23 08:58

    You ARE SOLE !! ARE SOLE!! Who politicized this thing ?!! Blue lights are supposed to be used by SAPS in LIFE and DEATH emergency situations !! Not by ego driven megalomanial POLITICIANS. ARE SOLE!! YOU policized this thing !! ARE SOLE !!!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-23 09:14

      Sorry, I lost my tee and my eye. I'm SO de moerin!

  • Linda - 2012-02-23 08:59

    People are not ridiculous - MEC Humphrey Mmezi is ridiculous! People are not politicising the accident just because a blue light was involved. A blue light was involved purely because a politician feels that he is more important that the man in the street and can disobey all the rules of the road. This accident was a result of political abuse - pure and simple - nothing more and nothing less.

  • Tlhogi Tsae - 2012-02-23 09:00

    Shame on you mec. You can't condone your irresponsible behaviour. Reckless driving is a crime. You did not only put other road users on danger but u caused a pain for a family. Sies man!!!

      tienie.vorster1 - 2012-02-23 11:00

      So wright and promises to help do not correct the deed

  • Peter - 2012-02-23 09:00

    This was nothing other than wreckless and negligent diving hiding under the cover of the blue light brigade. Nothing to do with politics, put the driver in court.

  • Gerald - 2012-02-23 09:01

    It is extremely unfortunate that this one misdemenour is not enough to convince you elitist executives of government of the dangers imposed by these lights and how you must cease their use with immediate effect...You say we are being you understand the inneundoe there thinly veiled in your statement and how collous that make you seem...lets see, by saying we are politicising this you are essentially saying adopting a role of a victim, that you are being attacked just to dismantle the ANC...that the connection between the blue lights and the accident is arbitrary, we are just full of sh*t for even imposing blame...then you offer some statistic about how blue light accidents contribute even less than 1%, I have news for, not often do I call people an idiot but you sir are just about the biggest of them all if you fail to realise that even a quarter of a percentage is too much as it could have been avoided by 1) leaving the house timeously to attend that big tender meeting 2) driving responsibly like other non govt public road users (or is it the case that some pigs are more equal than others?) 3) leaving warning signs to police and health workers...on that note do enlighten the DA in the Western Cape 'stupid' for abolishing blue lights. Last but not least I would love to tell you that I hope you get hit by Mercedes ML63AMG with blue lights and survive it and come tell us blue lights only account for les than 1%, we must just b thankful u r improving!

      Noko Trevor - 2012-02-23 10:55

      That's my BOYYYY! Tell them Monghadi Gerald, take no prisoners. Burn these elitists.

  • Herman - 2012-02-23 09:01

    It isn't just political it is downright CRIMINAL.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-23 09:03

    Mmemezi, you are a fool, it may have been better for you to simply keep quiet. The "accident" was as a direct result of your blue light vehicle jumping a red robot because you were in a hurry. This is most definitely not about an "accident" and it is most definitely about government heavy handed tactics when traveling and the lack of control and respect shown by blue light convoys and the security personnel who man them.

  • Wally - 2012-02-23 09:04

    Mr MEC, plz do not be patronizing! If this blue light fiasco wasn't introduced by the CURRENT govt this wouldn't have happened. Secondly, if you and your blue light untouchables actually set the example wrt safety and the law there would be no politisizing of this. If breaking the law was the only thing, but then to equateit to just any other accident is a misplaced and totally uncalled for statement. When a bus has an accident and families are involved your govt cannot jump quickly enough to visit the scene, promise no stone to be left unturned to get to the bottom thereof and render financial assistance. What have you done up to now to aleviate the problems of this young boy and his family? Why is there no formal acknowledgement of what reaaly happened and immediate compensation? What happened to the driver - or is it still being "investigated"? Then, wrt 14000 deaths on the roads - stop tap dancing around busses, trucks and especially taxi's, not to mention pedestrians and blatant grazing of animals next to our roads and potholes that are creating hazards far worse than someone traveling at 140 in a 120 zone. Stop the lawlessness and start by yourself to set the example and politisizing would not be necessary.

  • Sheik - 2012-02-23 09:04

    Humphrey a blue light was used to JUMP a red light, how many of the 14,000 people who died on our roads had access to blue lights. This is not about people dying, it's about people using blue lights that add to the deaths. Humphrey don't just stand back and say it was an accident. Be honest and admit it was caused by miss use of power. Take it like a man and stop hiding behind the ANC flag.

  • Mark - 2012-02-23 09:05

    How about giving him a trial like Humpreys and putting him in prison for over taking on a yellow line and the skipping a red robot with out making sure there is no on comming traffic.Whats good for one should be good for others!

      gawie.botha - 2012-02-23 14:58

      soos die "nuwe- ongelukswetgewing" verander het na die "Taxi-reeksmoordenar" in Kaapstad,,,,,,,,,,,,,is hierdie persone dan 100% skuldig aan "POGING TOT MOORD!"

  • Mashudu - 2012-02-23 09:05

    Humphrey Mmemezi is Talking Crap! This could have been avoided.

      Marion - 2012-02-23 10:31

      I just realised how grateful I am that there is no Humphrey in my name anywhere... must be something to do with the name that makes people jump the queue and red lights etc.,

      Heather - 2012-02-23 11:15

      Damn. My pug is named Humphrey and he is very cute.

  • sardick.davids - 2012-02-23 09:07

    oh..ffs...take responsibility for you actions..and don't generalise. every accident happens under different circuimstances, and this was no accident, it was pure and sheer negligence on the side of the state...

      sardick.davids - 2012-02-23 09:24

      This "accident"incident could have been avoided if your driver had abided by the the rules of the road(the very same rules that the rest of SA is expected to abide by).. so Mr MEC, dont come here with your arrogant äccidents happen"attitude. You people f-ed up, so admit it and correct your dues and your damages...and stop looking for excuses. you f-up a life, so live with it, and show remorse...

  • Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-02-23 09:09

    i just realised that i have not killed anyone of thise 14,000, neither have i attemped to kill anyone nor have i put anyone in a comma. i wonder if that makes it one of my rights to done anyone or all of the above? an accedent like any other? in this case we all need blue lights, just so that we can be equal and not politicise this. mr mec, it is the other oriffice that you are supposed to use when making statements, the one on the head were the eyes are, close to the brain.