Matric hit by VIP car leaves hospital

2012-03-17 11:32

Johannesburg - Thomas Ferreira, the matric pupil who was critically injured after being knocked down by a VIP vehicle in November, left the rehabilitation centre and went home, according to reports on Saturday.

On Friday, Ferreira strolled around the Riverfield Lodge Rehabilitation Centre, in Fourways, excited and talking to staff and his friends on his last day, the Saturday Star reported.

"I'm so excited to go home. I'm certainly going to miss my friends here, but I'm really tired of this place, and I don't enjoy the food much," the 19-year-old told the newspaper.

Ferreira was riding his motorcycle on November 5, when he was struck by housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's official car.

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

He couldn't do anything when he arrived at rehab, he was helpless, his father Paul Ferreira told the newspaper.

"Also the right side of his body was completely paralysed. When we met with doctors to look at his scans things didn't look too good."

His parents said they are overjoyed that Thomas was returning home but that there was still a long way to full recovery, according to the report.

The cost of the rehabilitation centre was reportedly around R120 000 a month.

Ferreira's parents said they had not received a "single cent" from the government after Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the state would pay for his medical bills.

  • Brad Frank - 2012-03-17 11:36

    "Ferreira's parents said they had not received a "single cent" from the government..." ABSOLUTELY shocking!

      Leroy - 2012-03-17 11:55

      another empty promise! what do they think we are? dumb sheep? Disgrace! may the wheel hit you(Humphrey Mmemezi) on its way round!

      Willem - 2012-03-17 12:12

      Am I the only one that pick-up something in-between the lines of all the articles on this subject that says "all is well people, happy ending to this story, you can all forget about this one now.." This teenager is scarred for life, all because our VIP's cannot manage their time.

      Mike - 2012-03-17 12:58

      And thats how the run the country ALL their words are cheep and worth absolutely nothing

      jacques.beyers - 2012-03-17 16:01

      Why can some attorney firm not do pro-bono work and sue this Jack Daniels swilling, tax steal, portly assed MEC?

      Denise - 2012-03-18 10:39

      With accounts like this, South African motorists could end up being as terrified as road users in Zimbabwe. Nelson Mandela's words: 'I get amazed with people like Mugabe. You know Bongi's child, she was eight. She says, 'Grandpa, why don't we have these cars next to you, whistling, like Mugabe? Making all the noise and people, cars have to draw to the side?' I say, 'No! That's Zimbabwe. It's not done in this country.'' But it seems the ANC believes speeding convoys are a ministerial privilege.

      Denise - 2012-03-18 10:51

      A message to Humphrey... The cockhead driver purposefully broke the rules of the road because you and your kind have this inflated sense of importance and think the rules don't apply. The fact that you and your driver still have jobs in the government is unacceptable in my world. I would have fired you and charged you with murder in an instant!

  • Twolips - 2012-03-17 11:39

    I'm happy to hear that Thomas can go home. Somehow a big hue and cry must get started to get the Minister and/or government to pay up for all his treatment for as long as it is needed.

      Twolips - 2012-03-17 11:40

      He should also be given his Matric certificate based on the results from his Trial exams/year mark.

  • Andrew - 2012-03-17 11:39

    Well done Thomas, I pray your recovery will continue so as to enjoy a full life. To Nomvula Mokonyane and your promise, Shame on you.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-03-17 11:44

    And the police investigation into the matter?

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-17 12:01

    What Nomvula Mokonyane say in front of cameras and what she does after are two different things. Another ANC big wig that make promises she has no intention to keep. What's new?.

      Ari - 2012-03-17 12:55

      Mokonyane is an anc politician. If her mouth is moving she is either feeding at the trough or lying. Simple . . .

      Denise - 2012-03-18 11:38

      Is it not an apposite time to look at the behaviour of the authorities themselves — particularly in the context of service delivery and ubuntu —as articulated by former president Thabo Mbeki in his farewell speech in September 2008... “Among other things, the vision, principles and values of the ANC teach the cadres of this movement life-long lessons that inform us that, wherever we are and whatever we do, we should ensure that our actions contribute to the attainment of a free and just society, the upliftment of all our people and the development of a South Africa that belongs to all who live in it. “Indeed, the work we have done in pursuit of the vision and principles of our liberation movement has at all times been based on the age-old values of Ubuntu, of selflessness, sacrifice and service in a manner that ensures that the interests of the people take precedence over our desires as individuals.” If that is the case then the ANC had best clamp down hard on those persons who utilise state transport in the course and scope of their duties and might I suggest that convoys be limited to the president and deputy president with the rest travelling alone. The money that is saved to be invested in the poorer communities of this country.

  • Cliff - 2012-03-17 12:04

    Glad he is recovering well! Its quite simple, contract the best 'ambulance chaser' legal firm. They would work on a contingency basis and sue the driver, the bio and the government! It's disgusting how the government has behaved!

      Louise - 2012-03-17 12:47

      Sure Cliff, but in all these cases the priority is to care for the family member. Where must these poor parents having gone through this trauma of months still find the emotional and financial resources to fight a lenghty legal battle? Is there a lawyer out there prepared to start the case for them free of charge until government pays through a court order? And where's the criminal case into the driver's conduct? This is disgusting.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-17 12:07

    Good news! I wish you all the best for long and healthy future! As for the lack of interest from government-we have grown to expect these empty promises from empty heads!

  • Rudi - 2012-03-17 12:14

    Please send your support replies to my email I will submit them to the Premier and the MEC. Thanks for your support!!!

  • Nkosana - 2012-03-17 12:18

    The arrogance of the ANC shocking, just like service delivery that is undelivered, they are happy as long as their pockets are lined up, I bet they never even visited Ferreira in hospital.

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-03-17 12:27

    don't expect any compensation or assistance from government...

  • Jaba - 2012-03-17 12:37

    get well soon bro!

  • Rudi - 2012-03-17 12:37

    Pleas send all your support emails to me I will submit this to governement and publish it in the newspapers. Thanks - time to take action and show the goverment who is actually ruling this country - it is us not them....

  • Nigel - 2012-03-17 12:40

    BASATRDS, 1st Nothing has been done about Humphreys arrogant VIP behavior & total lack of respect & 2nd Mokonyane is too buys buying fancy cars to have time for others, ANC scum!

  • Louise - 2012-03-17 12:42

    Besides the money, doens't this require a criminal investigation - is this hit and run? Where's the criminal case similar to the one in which Jub-Jub or mate ran pupils over?

      Adil Smit - 2012-03-17 14:15

      Especially since he ignored a red light

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-17 12:46

    shame on you nomvula...what about road accident fund?

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-17 12:46

      all she does is teaching people how to get e-tag...

  • Brendan - 2012-03-17 13:13

    Typical government, do as they please and they suffer no consequences for their actions. The Driver and the Premier should both be behind bars. Justice in this country is not only blind, but deaf, dumb and stupid. I wish the family all the best and am happy that he is able to go home.

      carmen.panaino - 2012-03-17 14:24

      Dear Brendan, You have to watch your language when you refer to a person. South African Deaf people here, do not like when a hearing person label us the deafies people, the word of deaf and dumb. This is really unacceptable and an offended for the Deaf communities in South Africa. Please remember this and don't ever use the word of deaf and dumb again. We are normal people and an equality to a hearing people. Thank you!

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2012-03-17 13:20

    All the best to the Ferreira family!\r\n\r\nAs for the queen of Gauteng, our beloved premier, I really hope next time you waltz into a boutique shop, I hope deep down, you still manage to stir up a thought for the emotional and financial stress this family endures. As for the MEC, shame on you for not stepping up to the plate and try and organise the mess your driver caused. Hiding with your head in the sand is exactly what we expect from our leaders today anyway.

  • Christopher - 2012-03-17 13:24

    this boy is a walking miracle

  • Trevor - 2012-03-17 13:26

    SUE THE PANTS off the MEC...!!! Also run a "smear" campaign against them, make them feel it.

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