Limpopo premier in hospital after crash

2012-03-30 07:34

Polokwane - Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale was recovering in hospital on Thursday following a car crash in the Ga-Sekgopo mountain area.

The premier was being driven from a government engagement when the accident occurred, said ANC provincial spokesperson Makondelele Mathivha.

"The ANC is happy that its provincial leader, who sustained minor injuries, is recovering well in hospital and remains in high spirits," said Mathivha.

According to police, Mathale's driver lost control of the car in rainy weather on the Moeketsi and Polokwane roads.

Mathiva said the premier was able to speak and doctors had confirmed he was "fine".

"We expect him to be released soon. He actually joked and begged us to tell everyone not to panic. The economic freedom revolution is still very much on.”

  • jack.kukard - 2012-03-30 07:43

    Drinking and driving does not go together.......

      phuti.ekgolocraig - 2012-03-30 10:36

      Nd de stupid tar roads dey make,him nd his associate,Mayb he wil learn 1 r 2 thinx.Get wel premier.

      Sedick - 2012-03-30 12:07

      He even cheats death....

  • brendon.alberts - 2012-03-30 07:44

    Keep on Walking ......

  • Nigel - 2012-03-30 07:51

    more like out of control.

  • Andre - 2012-03-30 07:51

    When driving in wet conditions one has to be extra careful when braking and turning. It is called anticipation!

      Yar - 2012-03-30 12:27

      @Morama My point exactly. The brain that decides to become an ANC member clearly does not have the required capacity to drive in the wet.

  • thulanit3 - 2012-03-30 07:52

    Wishing u well comrade Mathale

      Vusi - 2012-03-30 08:21

      Why you wishing him well? Are you helping him steal?

      Jack - 2012-03-30 08:53

      Why is it that a black cars with blue lights always seem to have “accidents”. What is the common denominator?

  • Joanita - 2012-03-30 07:53

    Shame man, I think it's best these premiers fire the blue light drivers and rather walk

  • Sidwell - 2012-03-30 07:58

    why would we panic over da suffering of a lazy premier?he must recover and face da real world....anyway,speedy recovery 2 him!

  • mike.memela1 - 2012-03-30 07:59

    I hope he was admited to the government hospital,i.e Limpopo General Hospital Polokwane where you were going to experience firsthand the pain and suffering of patients,lying in bed with no food and medication because of your greediness and were you are going to see for yourself a cruel system of admitting patients, patients had to first report to a reception after this a file will be open this will take about two hours after that the patients will be admitted and wait for a doctor. I bet my last cent they were doing the usual "I am the big deal and very important" so I am speeding.I hope there were no pedestrians hurt.

  • lulama - 2012-03-30 07:59

    Driver lost control of the car and the premier lost control of the province. These two are perfect for each other

  • Michele - 2012-03-30 08:01

    Couldn't have happened to a nicer man. Wonder who is bringing him food in hospital.

  • phosa.peter2 - 2012-03-30 08:03

    Sorry to our comrate.we wish u speedy recovery nd get back to work.

  • Donny Doncaster - 2012-03-30 08:04 close.

      johannes.dire - 2012-03-30 11:45

      So close to what?

  • Sharon - 2012-03-30 08:05

    Of course he is in high spirits, he is getting a brand new car! Isn't that what the economic freedom revolution is all about?

      IcemanGP - 2012-03-30 08:27

      Maybe they'll also give him a brand new driver who'll actually finish the job the last one didn't.

      Sharon - 2012-03-30 08:55

      @ Morama - and the insurance premium is paid by him personally? I think not...

      johannes.dire - 2012-03-30 11:47

      Guys why are you so negative? Le lizwe lo gogo bethu

  • Ulrich - 2012-03-30 08:09

    He probably drove into one of the pot holes which hasn't been fixed. All the roads in Limpopo are in bad state even more so when it's wet.

  • Jayson - 2012-03-30 08:11

    This just proves a point. These blue light brigade drivers are NOT professional racing car drivers as they so arrogantly believe. Sorry the premier was injured though as he was not driving.

  • branco.takalani - 2012-03-30 08:14

    Comrade/Premier Mathale hope U get well soon.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-30 09:10

      "Well" being like he was before the accident?

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  • Alan - 2012-03-30 08:16

    No sympathy ! Comrade ! LMFAO

  • Xinobia - 2012-03-30 08:17

    Another driver losing control of the vehicle. More officials should get hurt, maybe then they will do something about their driving.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-03-30 08:20

    Bwahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! I'm glad. Teaches you for speeding in rainy weather. See what happens when you drive to fast with your blue light car. Hope you and your driver have learnt there lesson. Surprised the hopital didnt turn you away, guess you had R2500 tax payers money on you to be admitted.

  • PieterWolf Lombard - 2012-03-30 08:23

    Sorry to hear he's alive....

      George Radebe - 2012-03-30 10:15

      you sound like botha when he said BIKO's death makes COLD,It shows you are still uncivilised.

  • Warwick - 2012-03-30 08:27

    Driving like an a-hole. Lucky no innnocent vistims of this ape. Bet he is lying in a PRIVATE hospital, no provincial hospital for this main man, thats for the workers. And to think we must not panic, ha ha ha ha. You only panic whan you see these clowns speeding up in your rear view mirror.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-03-30 08:28

    No need to be politically correct about this ... they hit a POTHOLE at high speed in bad weather!! And that's why he is in hospital now.

      Yar - 2012-03-30 12:34

      Not possible. Julius had the contract for pothold repair.

  • Rob - 2012-03-30 08:34

    " Tell everyone not to panic. " !!!!! Phew, what a relief. What an idiot, so full of self importance, as are most of these types.

  • Keith - 2012-03-30 08:34

    Pothole!! - Economic freedom... ?? - Huh - but this exists - one can start businesses, create employment,(start helping SARS) buy cars or houses one can even invest on the JSE. It is all here to do ... Oh you mean free ... sorry now I get it....

  • Dennis - 2012-03-30 08:37

    Has Juju sent flowers ?

  • bnnyoni - 2012-03-30 08:42

    and where is the driver, only premere is important here

      mukwevhot1 - 2012-03-30 10:07

      indeed what is the condition of the driver

  • bnnyoni - 2012-03-30 08:42

    and where is the driver, only premere is important here

  • sesom - 2012-03-30 08:52

    Speeding, thats what..O' well he'll get a NEW MERC..

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-30 08:53

    Spinning out of control = Economic freedom revolution? This is the guy who so admired Gadhaffi. Who's hero is Mugabe. Who led Limpopo to bancrupcy through greed. Does anyone think he cares for anyone else but himself and the ANC?

  • John - 2012-03-30 09:09

    If you lose control, on the balance of probability, the person driving was driving to fast for the road conditions. Is there going to be a criminal investigation into this accident.

      Yar - 2012-03-30 12:36

      No John. He was not succesful.

  • Denzil - 2012-03-30 09:16

    Malema was driving. Beret got in the eyes.

  • slabbertj - 2012-03-30 09:20

    were the blue lights on again?

  • Phuti - 2012-03-30 09:29

    Why don't we hear anything about the driver's condition.

  • Khaya - 2012-03-30 09:51 #ReportBadDriving

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-30 09:55

    Flashy cars with blue lights and fancy braking systems can travel at the speed of light in ANY weather; observe some drivers when next it rains.

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-03-30 10:27

    Mathale, from a government engagement? that would be the day!. More like from some picturesque holiday resort wit breath-taking views of the mountain. Now talk about the economic freedom revolution..."Let them have cake".

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-03-30 10:27

    Mathale, from a government engagement? that would be the day!. More like from some picturesque holiday resort wit breath-taking views of the mountain. Now talk about the economic freedom revolution..."Let them have cake".

  • arcticencounter - 2012-03-30 10:55

    Karma rocks. But not enough in this instance.

  • johannes.dire - 2012-03-30 11:41

    This stage is not used for wrong reasons , No one was said to me drunk Wacko1

  • Desmond - 2012-03-30 11:58

    Minor injuries. Howcome we have such bad luck.

  • Wayne - 2012-03-30 12:22

    Was he part of a "Blue Light Brigade" trip? Dont expect an honest answer from Mr integrity himself. And dont worry Cassel, no ones panicking.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-03-30 13:07

    a well known Pirelli slogan , Power is nothing without control

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