Matric hit by MEC's car 'brain damaged'

2011-12-07 10:07

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

Paul Ferreira, father of Thomas, 18, told Beeld on Tuesday they have received the report of his son’s latest brain scan.

“The doctor said it looks as if he will have permanent brain damage,” he said.

At this stage it not possible to determine the extent of the damage or the effect it will have on his life, Ferreira said. His son is still in a semi-coma.

Thomas was hit by the official car of Human Settlement MEC Humphrey Mmemezi on November 5.

Three days later Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane offered to bear the medical costs, but the family has not yet heard from her office.

Thomas’s rehabilitation could cost R100 000 a month, excluding medication.

  • Andres - 2011-12-07 10:11

    Sue the MEC.

      Andres - 2011-12-07 10:24

      Wouldn't be giving a thumbs down if it was your child whose life has been destroyed.

      rbphiri - 2011-12-07 10:27

      A young man deprived of his youth and well being, all due to someone who feels their speeding batmobile has the right to violate traffic rules and regulation.Government officials feel their positions makes them impervious from any form of prosecution. The sad reality is that trying to sue the MEC will bare no fruits, the will formulate ways of changing the charges, to make it seem as if the young boy was at fault.

      desertratbkf - 2011-12-07 10:34

      Bet these "thumbs down" vermin, wont have the balls to post a comment on here! Cowards!!!!!!

      Sean - 2011-12-07 10:35

      I seariously hope something will be done about these brainless arrogant MEC`s that think they are above the law.They are worse than wild animals ! All the best to Thomas and his family !

      Marion - 2011-12-07 10:40

      Unfortunately suing will not restore this poor kid's brain to what it was, but it will at least make it easier for the parents financially. His entire life destroyed because some anus thought their time was more precious than anyone else's and abused what should be a privilege reserved only for heads of state. And even then they should observe ALL the rules of the road.

      Deon - 2011-12-07 10:42

      They should see a lawyer asap.

      Tc - 2011-12-07 10:50

      Agree, sue the plundering bastards!

      Chrono - 2011-12-07 10:55

      @Deon, the state should take on the driver! Why should it be necessary for the parents to do so? These hell drivers are a public menace and an example should be set. I should wake up. This is SA.....

      rbphiri - 2011-12-07 11:01

      Thomas’s rehabilitation could cost R100 000 a month, excluding medication. Due to negligence the driver of the car has placed a price tag on human life. I find it puzzling that we still have so called "humans" who are heartless enough to thumbs down positive comments.

      procold2 - 2011-12-07 11:01

      dont know who is giving you the thumbs down,tragic news.

      Spha - 2011-12-07 11:26

      you are so stupid Andres.... i just made my day...."Sue the MEC"..!!!!

      kenneth.roselt - 2011-12-07 11:33

      One has to wonder who is giving the thumbs down here - is it the MEC and her driver(s)? If it were your child that was hit, would you still be giving thumbs down?

      wepener - 2011-12-07 11:46

      I don't have a lot of money but I will donate R1000.00 towards the family to help with the legal fees to get some form of justice.

      Irene - 2011-12-07 11:52

      The MEC must be sued BUT in her personal capacity, other it's just taxpayers money used again. The MEC herself must suffer in her personal capacity for this despicable behaviour.

      JustMe - 2011-12-07 12:22

      The guy deliberately skipped the traffic light, knowing the possible consequences but not caring because he is "above the law". He should be charged for attempted murder.

      Samuel - 2011-12-07 12:30

      @ shapa "you are so stupid Andres.... i just made my day...."Sue the MEC"..!!!!" Explain please, how did you just make your day? Got it right to post a comment.

      Kala - 2011-12-07 12:35

      The problem with suing them is that ultimately the tax payer forks out the cash as the MEC is employed by the Government. Send him to jail for a loooooong time is a better form of punishment.

      mark.dennill - 2011-12-07 12:35

      To all of those who have given this the thumbs down i sincerely hope you each incur a tragedy of some sort so that you can see exactly what it would be like on the other side of the line. Some of us have been in these or similar circumstances and we can relate to what this family is having to go through but the bottom line is that a young man is lying in a hospital bed as a result of someone who was supposed to have been appointed as a responsible member of the community to do a responsible job. The news reports that they have offered to cover medical costs but what about the future of the man and what would it have held for him. All this goes on and yet we are seeing no action being taken against the perpetrator for their actions. Its time for us as human beings to stand up and take action on them.

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-07 12:37

      It was with horror that I sat here reading the comments and seeing ANY South African giving Andres a thumbs down! These thumbs down people are the brainless ones that keep voting this stealing conniving bunch of Thugs into power. But I will not sit here and see rubbish destroy my country any further, and that includes the spineless cr@p that are aiding and abetting this Rubbish Government. They are an embarrassment in the eyes of the International community! May our revolution come! May we be freed from these criminal trash that rule us and may every one of their voters starve to death with them. They deserve no better. This is the face of worthless human beings not worthy of the oxygen they breathe!

      Ann - 2011-12-07 12:40


      ryan.macdougall - 2011-12-07 12:47

      I totaly agree, the driver woulden't drive like that unless orded. Secondly if he was doing it on his own accord weaving through traffic the MEC would feel how the car was moving. If he did not ask the driver to stop then he was complaint in the driving and actions of the driver. Thirdly wht did the MEC leave the scene. Pay up and go to jail for copable homacide.

      sibusiso.mkoko - 2011-12-07 13:36

      who in the right minds-or shud i say sick- can thumbs down what Andries is syaing? Bloody idiots. What if it were ur child, or u. Ppl are reali sick out there *very angry*

      lynch - 2011-12-07 15:27

      I feel sorry for the young boy and his parents, I think the MEC should help the parents with medical expense. but it was an accident so i don't know whats the fuss about, it could happen to any of you guys.

      Justin - 2011-12-08 11:45

      Can't sue the MEC, the Road Accident Fund ACT will step in and absolve the driver of liability... Maybe criminal charges. What they can and should do is accept the offer of Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and if she does not, then sue her...

  • Bill - 2011-12-07 10:14

    Cry the beloved country

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-07 10:15

    lock both the MEC and the driver up. both are accountable and must answer........unless of course they have enough money to buy themselves out of a prison sentence, which seems to be our rich and influentials normal course of action

      infijar.ken - 2011-12-07 11:25

      Michael, you are a racist idiot, and your comment has no place here. Please walk away in short jerky movements. Pillock!

      Spha - 2011-12-07 11:32

      Michael does it really have to be colour first???dude you must alwayz be constructive through you tongue

      J-Man - 2011-12-07 11:49

      @ spha * always

      Marion - 2011-12-07 12:13

      @Michael... this is not a black and white issue, it is an abuse of power and privileges issue.

      Kyle - 2011-12-07 13:20

      quick question to those complaining about what Michael said: if a purple man jumped out and attacked you and the police asked for a discription, would you say a man or a purple man?

      Marion - 2011-12-07 14:12

      @Kyle... have you been smoking your socks? Your analogy is way off the mark...

      Kyle - 2011-12-07 14:22

      @Marion - was the driver black?, yes, was he an ANC member? yes. in this country is there an attitude that the ANC can get away with anything? yes... what part of Michael statement was un true? and what part of my analagy is wrong, we are becoming so PC these days that's people mistake facts for racism.

      Marion - 2011-12-07 15:35

      @Kyle... and the point is that everyone in government who ever committed a crime was black and got off scot free? Michael didn't say a black man did it. He said "if you are black and in govt you can do no wrong" which is a gross generalisation. A description of who robbed you is in no way analagous with a generalisation that 'if you are black and in govt you can do no wrong' in my opinion.

      Kyle - 2011-12-07 15:55

      @Marion - I dont believe that " "if you are black and in govt you can do no wrong" is a gross generalisation, I believe it is fact. That is how the ANC has run this country since they came into power and the billions on rands lost, stole or mis-used every year prove my point. never mind that we have a criminal as a presidant, who has abused his power to get his cronies in power and out of jail. The fact that now after 17 years we are starting to see some change in their view does not in anyway change the fact that they are black, in power and feel they have a right to do what they want how they want. If you view that there are people in goverment that do not believe they can do no wrong, then thats fine, however misguide and un-informed your opinion my be, you are intitled to it. Just as Michael is entitled to his. As to your point of this is not a black and white issue, again I say, black driver, of the ANC goverment that is majority made up of blacks... see a patter there. Look at all the blue light incidents and tell me how many involve a white non ANC driver.... if you find one show it to me and I'll agree this isnt a black and white issue.

      Marion - 2011-12-07 16:30

      @Kyle... to my knowledge the blue light brigade is actual SAPS members / JMPD members. So what their political affiliations are should be anyone's guess. For the rest, you are entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine. Insofar as a misguided and uninformed opinion goes, think what you like about me. No skin off my nose.

      Kyle - 2011-12-07 17:14

      @Marion - blue light brigade fulls under VIP protection unit of JMPD. JMPD is a sorry excuse for police department but thats not part of this debate. While they should not have an political affiliation their boss is appointed by by the ANC, and he interm appoints subordinents, to put it bluntly, that will follow he lead and who are loyal supporters...those that drive the MEC around are definalty card carrying memebers. I'll ignore the last comment as I havent seen enough of your comments to form an opinion of you yet. :)

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-07 21:54

      Poor Marion. Living in a world where she thinks we're a nation existing in harmoney, sitting around camp fires arm in arm. This NEVER happened before 1994. In those days our SAP VIP Unit drivers were true professionals in every sense of the word. Nuff said.

      Peter - 2011-12-08 15:05

      @Kyle - Kyle, I note your participation in debates on this forum with a great deal of interest. In all of them, you adopt the position that your fellow debaters are half brained twits, devoid of any knowledge of the situation, and that they are misguided and ill informed. Secondly, whatever the subject of the issue at hand you reduce it to a racial issue played out by card carrying members of the ANC. I have two points to make in order to assist you in your quest to air your opinion in public forums. Firstly, it is not your right to denigrate others without producing concrete evidence to support your opinion. Secondly, get yourself a spelling and grammar checker, it may just add some credibility and plausibility to your efforts.

      Kyle - 2011-12-09 11:04

      @Peter - I thank you for your attempt to educate me. firstly in most case's there's not enough space to produce concrete evidence and I don’t post links, if I can do the research and have the ability to gain the knowledge then others can as well. secondly, there is no spelling and grammar checker built that can help me, I freely admit that!

  • markwmilligan - 2011-12-07 10:15

    This is tragic.

  • Piet - 2011-12-07 10:15

    Attempted Murder!!!!!

      willie.vanwyk2 - 2011-12-07 12:24

      You can actually say that it is premeditated, cause everyone knows the rules of the road when you get your licenses, so in actual fact he was supposed to look out for the boy, you can also argue that he was driving at such excessive speed that he had no intention of missing the boy even though he could see him from 100 meters. Then you can also argue that he knew the dangerous involved when switching his blue lights on that he should be extra weary and cautious. End of story its premeditated murder

  • Larry - 2011-12-07 10:15

    A tragedy, but will it change the behavior of these Blue light clowns? I doubt it.

  • Repline - 2011-12-07 10:16

    This is so sad! Such a tragic waste. It is time the MEC's and other blue light users be held accountable for their "driving skills" even in an "emergency" (apparently being late for a meeting is an emergency) you still have to take accountability for the lives around you. They should be held accountable!

  • Johncarlos ? Biza - 2011-12-07 10:20

    I'd support them even if they sued for R1 billion. I hope the driver is charged with murder

      Deon - 2011-12-07 10:43

      Rather attempted murder as no one died.

      pwhanekom - 2011-12-07 14:08

      @Deon: For the parents the son they new died that day. It's a shame the judicial system can't classify that as murder too!

  • duma.martin - 2011-12-07 10:27

    why aren't they charged with murder already.??

      Mike - 2011-12-07 11:17

      Because no one died!

      Nitesh - 2011-12-07 15:50

      just my opinion, braing dead is good as dead or maybe even worse, with the trauma the family has to go thru...I say lock that mec bitch...

  • wayne.schaefer2 - 2011-12-07 10:27

    My Rottweiler has more feeling for human life than these Government officials!!!! Maybe it's time for a revolution in this beautiful country??? The reality is that South Africans are passive and like to joke about things and make government look silly on our stages, ultimately passivity leads to one's downfall. Another sad day indeed!!!

      ptmogala - 2011-12-07 15:07

      You are 100% correct, we sit in our comfort zones and complain without taking any action, we need to hold public demostrattions against such autrocious behaviour. We cannot allow our country to be held at ransom by politicianns who have grown big headed.

      Positiewe - 2011-12-07 22:18

      Ok Wayne and ptmogala. Start the revolution/demonstrations...

  • Thelma - 2011-12-07 10:30

    This is so sad!!!!!

  • Darryl - 2011-12-07 10:31

    What idiot is giving thumbs down? What if it were your son or daughter? I really hope they sue this MEC and her driver and that they get fired. They really think they are above the law these politicians. It seems she has no remourse as she has not yet contacted the family, bloody disgusting. Get rid of this blue light brigade now.

      Marion - 2011-12-07 10:46

      Does anyone know if they have actually revealed who the driver / passenger was in the car? Last I heard it hadn't been revealed which is extremely suspicious to me.

      leonie.drury - 2011-12-07 10:49

      clearly its a troll who has nothing better to do than attempt to irritate people who are voicing their opinions on a highly emotional case... ignore it... its not woth the time it takes for him to click the thumbs down, clearly hes bored...

  • Trevor - 2011-12-07 10:34

    This says nothing of his parents however, PARENTS, do NOT put your kids on bikes unless you buy the BEST safety gear you can afford and if you can only afford this cheaper chinese crap then DON'T DO IT!!Jacket gloves and helmet is a many school kids riding around in flashy cheap chinese brands in slops and t-shirts...they will DIE or get seriously injured....wish the best to the boy and his family, this is not what ANY parents wants for their kids to go through.

      Trevor - 2011-12-07 10:35

      I'm a racer/biker all my life and even I will now longer give my daughter the option one day of a bike, our roads have just become to dangerous..

      gerda01 - 2011-12-07 10:59

      You are quick to comment when you do not know the circumstances. Even if it was was you that was run over by a BMW X5, no amount of money spent on gear will be armour enough for the force this vehicle hit Thomas.

      aardvarkie - 2011-12-07 11:12

      I agree with Trevors 2nd comment, it's not worth the risk having a bike on the roads, I've lost two friends and a student aged 21 over the last 5 years to motorcycle accidents. Even cycling - I sold my racer and later got a mountain bike after too many close calls with taxi's, agressive drivers and even busses. Anyway, that premier should cough up, she made a verbal agreement in front of witnesses which is binding.

      PyroSA - 2011-12-07 12:07

      It simply isn't financially viable for most families to get full kit and a name brand bike, and when it is, chances are the kid wil have rather have a cheap car anyway. You might have forgotten your more reckless youth and why you did the things you had done, but there was reasons for the madness.

      ptmogala - 2011-12-07 15:10

      It is sad, kids can longer enjoy the simple things that life has to offer. It is liberating andexciting to ride a bike as a kid.

  • Andre - 2011-12-07 10:39

    And the driver? Could it be the same one that was involved in another incident on Sunday at Pamona bypass? When is this madness going to stop. So much for SANRAL and their Road Safety Campaign over this feastive season? Why don't we hear a word from them? Idiots!

  • Gammat - 2011-12-07 10:39

    The perpetrator was born with the condition.

  • Bob - 2011-12-07 10:39

    Eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth...Send the driver for a full frontal lobotomy so he can suffer the same fate!

      leonie.drury - 2011-12-07 10:56

      I dunno hey, Bob, then he becomes a vegetable and his family and him will receive welfare from the gavamint for the rest of his life...

      Di - 2011-12-07 11:14

      frontal lobotomy is a pre-requisite to be an ANC member - you would not know the difference. This is an utter disgrace - these DOGPIGS destroy everything they touch, and plunder and rape this country - WE need civil society to stand up against this fascist ANC muppet joke of a goverment

      Linda - 2011-12-07 14:43

      You are assuming that he has a brain!

  • lee.farrington - 2011-12-07 10:40

    I really hope the meeting, that the MEC was late for, was worth this boys future

      Tc - 2011-12-07 10:55

      That is also an UNANSWERED QUESTION - what was this incredibly important meeting that the Blue-Light terrorist was rushing to? Come on you whining sell-out media - do your investigation duties. We want to know!

      Johnnys_Place - 2011-12-07 11:28

      NO meeting or any other reason can justify this boy's fate/future !!!

      Irene - 2011-12-07 12:05

      I doubt it was a meeting. It was probably late for lunch that we the taxpayers have to fork out for.

      Adrian - 2011-12-08 15:19

      She was rushing off to KFC for lunch.

  • Thobela - 2011-12-07 10:42


      Irene - 2011-12-07 12:05

      In their PERSONAL capacities. They must pay out of their inflated salaries not out of taxpayers money.

      VOVO247 - 2011-12-07 12:55

      Of your tax money.. thats the sad part, so either way, joe public takin it up the arse..

  • Tony - 2011-12-07 10:43

    I hear these days when you run someone over, you get arrested,even if it was not your fault. It's a african thing, as it happens in other african countries ( so that the families can claim compensation )So why were these excuses of a human being not arrested and charged with manslaughter? You and I would have been. SCUMBAGS,ANIMALS,they destroyed the future of a youngster. I honestly hope something similar happens to them or a close one to them so they might experience the same pain.

      infijar.ken - 2011-12-07 11:37

      Funny, isn't it, the driver responsible for the death of the Grandchild of the Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, then that driver is in the dock. When it is the Gauteng Human Settlement MEC and his driver responsible for this accident, culminating in severe injury to this student, total inactivity. Dear Plod, why no criminal proceedings? Not just on this case, but all cases involving injuries or deaths caused by misuse of the "Blue-Light" and flagrant disregard of the rules of the road. I would hate to think that people are hiding behind Parliamentary privilege.

      infijar.ken - 2011-12-07 11:38

      Dear Racists, please refrain from answering my last, or agreeing with it. Please click on the thumbs down to show your true colours.

      Tony - 2011-12-07 11:42

      People, ignore the thumbs down on these posts, because only ANIMALS would react in this manner to this issue.STUPID TROLLS

      infijar.ken - 2011-12-07 13:37

      Flip, only one one Troll/ racist click on thumbs down here, on mine. Mind you, I've got 84 on another answer above from Trolls ( though more likely rays it's, by that number). Impressive! Give your thoughts to this lad, and his poor family. Put aside your prejudices, for once.

  • Stefans - 2011-12-07 10:43

    The MEC must be sued and fired. He was apparently whisked away from the accident scene immediately after the accident happen. Where is humanity there? The Premier then accompany him to apologise to the family, whilts he never bothered to check what may have happened to the victim. The poor driver will now have to face the consequences alone while he was acting on the instruction of the MEC to speed.

  • Ian - 2011-12-07 10:44

    carry on with your thumbs down a holes, wait till it happens to one of your friends or family memebers, stupid prick

  • Marion - 2011-12-07 10:44

    There was an online petition that ran until end November to Ban Blue Light Brigade. This is from that site: "The final count was 46,646 signatures as at 00:01 on 1 December 2011. All future signatures will be ignored. The petition is to be delivered to the National Department of Transport at 08:00 on 1 December 2011. Thank you to everyone who participated in this petition." Sadly I don't think that anything will be done about this even though there is some statistical thing that says for every person who expresses an opinion on something represents the opinions of another 100 people (?) who feel the same. The government would have to understand that concept to react positively to this petition.

      Sharon - 2011-12-07 12:53

      I signed and passed it on to friends on FB.......I hope it helped

  • denise.wilshire - 2011-12-07 10:44

    This is a graphic and tragic example of how our Government wipes out the future of the citizens of this country. Daily we have opportunities taken away from us in one way or another by this USELESS, UNDEREDUCATED, SELFISH, POMPOUS, ARROGANT, BUNCH OF DESPOTS. In the news is this poor youngster who will probably never know his full potential, because the MEC was under the impression that the laws of the country did not apply to him. Under the radar, are those who suffer daily as a direct cause of the lack of judgement made by those in power who actually do not understand the premise of cause and effect. They make rules and comments without a second thought of how it will impact on the people. Since when did elected officials need a convoy of vehicles to get them to where they needed to be? They are PUBLIC SERVANTS. What a waste of the tax payers hard earned money. What a waste of a youngsters life. All the care which his parents took to make sure that he had the brightest future possible. This is so, so sad.... No comment from the MEC'S office. Go figure! What would you expect from such a careless bunch who are ruining this country minute by minute. My thoughts and prayers are with you Thomas. I sincerely hope that you exceed the expectations of the medical staff. Blessings to your family. Ban the Blue Lights. Prosecute that whole convoy including Humphrey. Jail them for life. From our President down, they are no example to our youth. Garbage in = Garbage out!

  • pal.mabelane - 2011-12-07 10:47

    If this country is prove that no one is above the law, Mmemezi must go to jail!

  • nkulu.bgumede - 2011-12-07 10:50

    mmmmh this is such a shame... all the MEC will say is "SORRY!" its a pity that wont bring back the boys brains. our own government cant adhere to the laws that have been put in place. our dear police sound sirens just because they want to get where they want to be, truth is there isnt an emergency. how many people have been ticketed for not having their seat belts on, whilst the police themselves dont use it. that just doesnt sound right...

      ryan.macdougall - 2011-12-07 13:19

      id rather be dead than severly retarded, and i think my family would want that too, what the MEC has done in my opinion to a kid is worse than death.

  • edwin.netto - 2011-12-07 10:51

    the Human Settlement MEC must have been on his way to a national life threatening crisis (late for lunch or a party), that’s why he found it necessary to be driven so recklessly and exceed the speed limit!

  • Freddie - 2011-12-07 10:53

    Charge the incompetent, arrogant driver with murder, he has destroyed a life and must pay with loss of his freedom for the duration of his miserable existence. Why does an simple little MEC need a blue light and a driver who thinks he is above the law? They are nothing, less than nothing, they are useless, incompetent, ignorant little beings with overly inflated views of their own importance.

  • swonas - 2011-12-07 10:53

    ministers will use trains n taxis, vote for me for president!

  • Willie - 2011-12-07 10:57

    Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and MEC Humphrey Mmemezi. You have BLOOD on your hands with your careless attitude. Yet another life is wasted and life goes on

  • Nick - 2011-12-07 10:57

    driver and mec should be up for attempted murder since when is a mec a vip anyway buy the muppet and his driver a watch it's amazing i've never been late for any meeting surely these clowns from government can leave on time to meet their friends at the shebeen

  • chiepner - 2011-12-07 11:01

    ....makes one wonder. Would of being late for a meeting been more acceptable than a child with permanent brain damage?

  • Christine - 2011-12-07 11:04

    Absolutely disgusting, this poor kid's future screwed and the family. I really do hope they nail the MEC and co. Knowing how our justice system works the poor family will get jack.

  • Koos - 2011-12-07 11:04

    wish I could hit them with a blue light car...... strongs for the family!

  • aardvarkie - 2011-12-07 11:05

    The minute she said she would foot the bill in front of witnesses she made a legally bound verbal agreement. If she doesn't fork out, sue the daylights out of her. I know it's tax payers money, but at least it's spent on a worthy cause. These flabber jabber politicians need to learn a lesson.

      Justin - 2011-12-08 11:52

      the offer had to be accepted if there was to be agreement. I would have publicly accepted knowing that the RAF will protect these people from the financial consequences of their negligence.

  • Impartial - 2011-12-07 11:11

    They should sue every official involved from the idiot who gives his fellow idiots permission, to the department, to the driver, but sue the idiots on a civil action then maybe they will start feeling something.

  • Andrew - 2011-12-07 11:16

    This is tragic. R Phiri has said it all and I suspect very accurately.

  • Jerolan - 2011-12-07 11:22

    innocent young man is deprived of his future because of a fat greedy b*****d Sue the MEC to cover bills, throw him in jail and let him be Bubba's beetch

  • Kevin - 2011-12-07 11:22

    Sue them big time!!!R1 200 000,00 per year for 30yrs=R36 000000.00 thats just pain & suffering for the boy....double that for the parents who now have a fulltime job having to care for this poor child...R100 000000.00 thats a good starting point.

      Linda - 2011-12-07 14:46

      The only problem is that it will be the ratepayers who pay. You dont seriously expect a public servant to be held personally liable for anything do you?

  • clayplum - 2011-12-07 11:29

    If Government convoys didnt drive like they owned the road, none of this would have happened. Its very sad that a young life has been ruined and i bet that Human Settlement MEC Humphrey Mmemezi or Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane feel that guilty as the 'offer of payment for medical expenses' will effectively be paid by the tax-payers, NOT from their own pocket.

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-07 11:33

    An accident is an accident let us not sensationalise it because the MEC was involved. As law abiding citizen if there was a crime committed let us give the space to the relevent authorities deal with it. We sympathise with the family and urge all of us to use our roads safely.

      Heiku - 2011-12-07 11:35

      I would love to "accidentally" give you a PK.

      Garth - 2011-12-07 11:56

      Typical arrogant response from an ignorant supporter of the ineptocrats. It is sensationalized because a mec is involved. It is sensationalised because the blue light idiots were involved. If the ignorant anc and their idiot supporters were law abiding and/or law respecting, 68.5% of the population of this country would be in gaol. And Heiku, make it a good one!

      PyroSA - 2011-12-07 12:12

      Conciously breaking traffic laws is not an accident, it's a crime.

      Sharon - 2011-12-07 12:59

      If this was ur child @Phumezo?????? wot would u do ???????? please tell caring people WOT THE FLUCK WOULD U DO ????????????????????????

      Samuel - 2011-12-07 14:24

      Deliberatly breaking the law is no excuse, The regulation state that a emergency vehicle may cross a red light, if it is safe to do so. and this goes both ways, safe for the public and for the emergency vehicle. And if you are a ignorant brain dead halfwit, show it. click on thumbs down

      mark.dennill - 2011-12-07 15:24

      buddy you clearly have blinkers on. yes an accident is an accident BUT(now read nicely) when you set off down the road in excess of the speed limit and driving recklessly then you are no longer a "law abiding citizen" and you should be prosecuted. we the people have absolutely no say in how things are run when in actual fact they need to realize a few things: 1. they are public servants 2. we pay their salaries 3. we pay for their cars,petrol,houses,holidays abroad,lunches etc The sooner we realize that we are the ones who actually hold the power the sooner this once beautiful country can begin the process of regeneration rather than continue along the path of degeneration. this country is just as much mine as it is anybody elses so let us all stand up and do something about it CHUCK THEM OUT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!!!

      Justin - 2011-12-08 11:56

      The accident was caused by them abusing the privileges of their position. They are also not getting criminal charges against them because of their positions. So we have to protest this.

      desertratbkf - 2011-12-08 15:35

      Ah my friend Phumezo again!. You bring me great joy at the pathetic, and senseless postings you post! If you had one more brain cell dude, you would bark!!!!!!!! Its the vermin of the blue light brigades that should be EXAMPLES of "Arrive Alive!" Not kill, maim and disfigure innocent and decent people using the roads! Go get a REAL life dude!

  • dlawre30 - 2011-12-07 11:34

    I heard that his mother is quitting her job so that she can have her pension money released to pay medical bills. Totally shocking that a whole familys life is destroyed due to an incompetent MEC full of self importance. Govt really needs to sort this out and quickly

  • janine.cronje - 2011-12-07 11:35

    I'm failing to understand why the driver is not yet in custody?

  • Chabie - 2011-12-07 11:37

    the childs condition is no good bt at least the matter is taken care of

  • Eugene - 2011-12-07 11:40

    set a precedent, government officials should stop driving like they own the roads

  • Hangwani - 2011-12-07 11:44

    Feel sorry for the family.

  • KCorsar - 2011-12-07 11:47

    Time for a campaign to BAN BLUE LIGHT BRIGADE from any place of existence within Provincial and National Government - this is the reserve of Heads of State ONLY. The MEC and Gauteng Government should be sued, the MEC in his personal capacity so as to limit the impact on tax payers - who will ultimately bear this cost anyway (sadly that includes the family of the victim). This borders on culpable homicide - does that young man have the quality of life he deserves; will he ever have and is now dependent on his family for support for the rest of his life.

  • Vuyo - 2011-12-07 11:51

    The MEC i.e. the taxpayer will be paying more than just the medical bills for this accident.

  • leslie.rabie - 2011-12-07 11:51

    Hi Andres... I am trying to figure out why there are People who is giving thumbs down?? A boy's life is destroyed! I agree SUE, it was a Sunday afternoon, No reason why They was traveling at such a speed.

      Marion - 2011-12-07 14:22

      @optimistic123 - I don't even give a thought to those people who are so bored / ignorant they run along giving thumbs down to posts that are positive. They are not worthy of even an iota of mental energy.

  • Janice - 2011-12-07 11:52

    How terribly terribly sad, my thoughts are with him and his family.

  • dionne.barnard - 2011-12-07 11:53

    God bless you, so sad