Premier urged to pay brain-damaged matric's bills

2011-12-19 13:05

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane must keep her promise to pay the medical bills of accident victim Thomas Ferreira, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.

"The Ferreiras have borne the trauma of seeing their loved one in a coma and suffering from brain damage. They now live with the secondary trauma caused by Mokonyane's insensitivity and a lack of results from the accident investigation," said spokesperson Kate Lorimer.

Ferreira, 18, was injured when the official vehicle of Gauteng Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi crashed into him while he was riding on a motorcycle six weeks ago.

The driver of the vehicle, Semitsi Modomai, was transporting Mmemezi and had turned on blue lights to cross through a red traffic light when he collided with Thomas.

At that time Mokonyane publicly promised to cover the costs of the teenager's medical bills.


Lorimer said the costs of the rehabilitation centre to which Ferreira was moved last Monday were about R120 000 per month.

"Although some of his medical costs have thus far been covered by his medical aid, there are many costs involved and there will still be some in the future," said Lorimer.

"It is unacceptable that such a tragic incident caused by Modomai's negligence should take so long to be investigated."

Lorimer said the Ferreiras deserved empathy and respect from Mokonyane.

Mokonyane's spokesperson Xoli Mngambi referred all queries to Mongezi Monyane of the housing department.

Monyane said the housing department would meet with the Ferreiras in January next year to discuss the matter.

"We don't know the total costs of the bills. We just heard about them from the media and there is nothing we can do now as it is the festive holiday period."

  • mheystek - 2011-12-19 13:16

    Coma* and not Comma. Wow, world class editing going on right here.

      Spyker - 2011-12-19 13:22

      Ye, the ANC's Equity Uneducation System is stratin two brare gud froots...

      Paulus Gerber - 2011-12-19 13:48

      Is that all u do checking 4 SPELLING errors u insensitive ar&&ho&&

      George - 2011-12-19 13:54

      They have just found out how to ues a dictionary

      Tc - 2011-12-19 14:26

      Thomas Ferreira must become the 'Hector Peterson symbol' of what the looting ANC is doing to this poor country!

      Shadoz66 - 2011-12-19 14:32

      "Nothing they can do because it is the festive season" Not gonna be so festive for the victim and his family is it?

      E - 2011-12-19 16:26

      This whole 'festive season' thing is getting out of hand, with everything shutting down and everyone goofing off. What happened to all the promises about getting "service delivery" working properly? In the mext two weeks, the only days that are not working days are normal weekends, Monday 26, Tuesday 27 (extra) and Monday 2 January. All the other days are full working days, officials are supposed to be in their offices, at their desks, working, and we, the taxpayers, are paying their salaries. Yeah, sure, it's school holidays, and many people have taken leave, but that doesn't mean that the entire life shuts down and those who are left behind can just put their feet up! Oh, sorry for ranting, am I disturbing your lunch hour ...

      E - 2011-12-19 16:27

      ... 'next' ...

      Paul - 2011-12-19 16:40

      Headline should read: Brain-dead premier breaks promise

      Irene - 2011-12-19 17:44

      @Shadoz ~ You can say that again but the victims feelings don't count in anything be it crime or the ANCrime Syndicate being late for meetings. Disgusting bunch they are!

      Louis - 2011-12-19 18:25

      She is most probably battling to work out her cut and the other anc brothers cut. You people must realize we are dealing with ring gears here. Maths was never their best subject. The only maths they know is how to steal tax payers money and make it mathematically disappear

      Gail - 2011-12-19 23:32

      When one makes a post on this forum a word is not flagged if it is a legitimate word. The computer is only a technological brain with no understanding of context so comma will be seen as correct since such a word exists as does coma. The computer doesn't know that they have entirely different meanings so won't flag it as an error. It is entirely possible that not all articles are checked by a sub-editor and even when they are there is a high possibility that the sub-editor will also miss it as the standards of education have been lowered to the LCD even in tertiary institutions. In addition the writer may actually be using a second language to write in and one wonders whether if the tables were turned yo would cope any better writing in their language.

      Donovan - 2011-12-20 09:12

      Typical ANC. Quick on the promises, slow on the delivery.

  • Johann - 2011-12-19 13:18

    Mokonyane and driver Modomai should be charged with attempted murder. If a taxi driver in the Cape could be find guilty on murder, so should Mokonyane and driver Modomai.

      makesuthink - 2011-12-19 13:33

      I agree with you 100%

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-12-19 13:36

      But Mokonyane was not in the car how do you charge her with attempted Murder?

      Willie - 2011-12-19 13:52

      "Mokonyane's spokesperson Xoli Mngambi referred all queries to Mongezi Monyane of the housing department." dude Mokonyane is on record she must deliver,if she was just acting on national television tough luck.The Ferreiras should sue the hell out of the driver mec and premier

      bernpm - 2011-12-19 15:03

      According to early reports at the time, she had been in the car but left the car immediately after the incident. Unchecked back into the old reports.

  • Bill - 2011-12-19 13:18

    Mongezi Monyane might be having a " festive holiday period " This will be of no comfort to the Ferreiras. Keep your promises you buch of con-artits.

      Kala - 2011-12-19 16:37

      If she pays, we pay. Our taxes will go towards her mistakes. They should take it off her salary which I doubt will ever happen.

  • RSole - 2011-12-19 13:20

    Based on the new way of prosecuting, they should charge the MEC with attemted murder. That should put an end to the "Blue Light Brigade" and while they at it sue him in his personal capacity.

  • Ian - 2011-12-19 13:21

    Wonderful to see how this government cares about it's people... Bet if that was Ziller who's car that crashed into the kid, the matter would have been investigated and charges would have been laid within a week... Typical useless cowards... Lets rape the nation and take what we can get...

      Andrew - 2011-12-20 09:33

      Paul in an earlier comment said Mokonyane is "brain dead" she certainly has proved to be heartless. Why pass the buck to the housing department and not the health department if it really had to be passed on. It now seems stories are changing in that they would only pay if treatment was undertaken by state facility. Was this told to the parents when visited at the hospital where their son was lying in a coma ? If that was the case why no action to date only as bills start mounting is this excuse for non payment raised. Shame on you Premier Mokonyane.

  • Josh - 2011-12-19 13:21

    Why is the taxi driver in jail and charged for 10 murders AND attempted murder and this Fat ANC Madame is enjoying a lovely holiday season? This is our country in a nutshell...

      Andrew - 2011-12-20 06:56

      Politicians are above the law or so they believe. Always making promises when in the limelight, but meantime back at the ranch ???

  • Grant - 2011-12-19 13:25

    This poor kid and his severely traumatised family will not be having a "festive holiday period", neither will the bills stop accumulating. Put simply, Mokoyane, you don't give a toss - if he was a member of your family there would be no problem!

      Sharon - 2011-12-19 15:13

      If it was her family the taxpayers would be paying she promised to pay for the bills but she used all the money in her budget for personal things........soooooooooo she does not have it now wait for next year ........FLKING B*TCH

  • Sedick - 2011-12-19 13:25

    Dear Attempted Murder victim, please be patient as we are now on leave. Please leave a message and we will get back to you when we get back to South Africa in our tax payer sponsored chartered jet......

  • Piet - 2011-12-19 13:27

    If you don't pay your ansjastas will come for you

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-19 13:28

    And what about the criminal accountability or as usual are ANC MC's above the law. The driver and the MC are both accountable and should both serve prison sentences, well the MC as is customary in South Africa would be sentenced and then immediately be released on parole for hemorrhoids or something.

  • Sunett - 2011-12-19 13:39

    Pay the hospital bills in full, and do serious jail time for attempted murder. Nothing less is fair. Sad thing is - neither will happen. Hope your Christmas meal gives you food poisoning, you bastard.

  • Johan Grobbelaar - 2011-12-19 13:43

    In a "comma"? Really news24? Not a full stop or question mark? Ugh, ur getting worse by the day.

  • natomajo - 2011-12-19 13:46

    Another TAX money to get wasted coz of negligence by the Zuma led ANC... nxx

  • katrynkie - 2011-12-19 13:46

    Why only in January? What about the costs up to January? How can they be so cruel. The drive should be in jail for skipping the robort and for disappearing from the sceen!! Is this really how bad our goverment is?

      Cina - 2011-12-19 15:26

      If the driver is in jail who will be chauffeuring the mec around this festive season from one party to the other with blue lights blazing.

  • katrynkie - 2011-12-19 13:48

    ek hoop sy verstik in haar kos op kersdag

      Irene - 2011-12-19 17:46

      Well said. I hope that happens to her too.

  • Daft - 2011-12-19 13:49

    Yes pay-up !!!! Use every means to get the money...if all fails use the mandela fund !

  • Paul - 2011-12-19 13:50

    Hang this ass""ole too!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-19 13:50

    Charge the Mec with attempted murder,make him disclose what was SO urgent and the family should claim pain and suffering of millions!This clown with his flashing blue light has robbed a young life of a future before he even had a chance to start! The mec was probably going to be late for a game of golf! How many more victims will be maimed or killed before someone is actually going to do something about the egotistical,self important killers???????????????

  • Michael - 2011-12-19 14:04

    There was no urgent meeting to rush to , it was a case of i am a VIP and i will show everyone that i am one , its a case of inflated ego . I can't stand these politician that live off the taxpayer add nothing to the economy won't make it in private business but want everybody to acknowledge their so called importance , and at every opportunity they have to show the world who they are , small people with big egos , and MEC live up to your word and do the right thing or resign

      ludlowdj - 2011-12-19 14:32

      Unfortunately there is no one currently in the South African government that is "qualified" to run anything. All appointments are based on who they know and how many Parker pens they had in their pockets during their so called struggle. One must always remember that the ANC were trained in Russia and the middle east as terrorists (we will here loosely allow the term "freedom fighter") and although the members may have had minimal exposure to the big world or running a country none of them had anything more than a class room education on the subject when they kicked out all the whites.

  • Mart - 2011-12-19 14:08

    The ANC MECs and Parliamentarians, amongst others of that persuasion, are so scared that the people they profess to represent will 'take them out' that they use it as an excuse to be a law unto themselves. Prosecute, prosecute prosecute with more speed.

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-19 14:18

    The fat, extreemly doff a$$hole is sitting on her leather couch thinking " pay for the accident as I promised or new shoes for me" !!!

  • Tc - 2011-12-19 14:22

    Mokonyane and her fellow ANC plunderes are probably at this moment sitting and sipping whisky somewere while this family is suffering the affect of their ANC arrogance. In the meantime the media is not delving into the matter, all is quite, the questions remain unanswered: -was Mokanyane in the car at the time of the accident (witnesses say 'no')? -What was this terribly urgent meeting that Mokonyane was rushing to? -etc, etc.

  • MoAfrika - 2011-12-19 14:36

    somebody please tell me this guy is in prison...

      Johann - 2011-12-19 15:14

      No. He is NOT (afaik). He is on his Christmas vacation in the Maldives.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-19 15:06

    Why only then ...........lawyers dont sleep they want the money you owe for medical or else everything you own will be removed from your house and put in storage until you pay your bills,they send in so called sherriff of the court and they enter your house(while you not home) and just remove your things, all they leave is a note. So PAY UP and dont let the family suffer anymore.

  • Ryan - 2011-12-19 15:14

    Refered to the housing department? WTF?!? Typical of the cANCer, more blame shifting. Mokonyane is too busy shopping to give a f**k

  • Siotine - 2011-12-19 15:43

    oh you cannot do anything about it now as it is the festive season!!! you f**ken fu**head. Do something about it today you bitch!!

  • Jaco - 2011-12-19 16:15


  • annie.kalahari - 2011-12-19 17:10

    It once again shows the voters how little one can trust ANY promises made by ANC-leaders. Another case in point.

  • Irene - 2011-12-19 17:45

    Maybe I should tell SARS that they're not getting VAT from me this month or my company's PAYE as it's the 'festive season'. Bunch of thieving scum. My god but I hate the ANC!

      Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-12-19 21:16

      Poor irene, are u okay? M just consernd, dont 4get to take your daily doze of those pills heh! It must be age, shame, hey b4 i forget, take it easy on the hatred not good for an ageing heart heh!

      Andrew - 2011-12-20 06:53

      Mpho Ndlova, if this was your son would you be happy with having to wait till next year to settle matters. I gues not!!

      Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-12-20 07:04

      No, i would not be happy, but i wouldnt hate any1 either, angry? yes i would be.

  • Nicholas - 2011-12-19 18:45

    It looks like its time for government to be dragged to court once again, in order to do the right thing.

  • Cheryl - 2011-12-19 18:48

    Pay up you fat sow...

  • Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-12-19 21:26

    Hey! What is all this fuss about, it was just 1 silly boy not looking where he was speeding to.

      Nicholas - 2011-12-19 23:26

      @Mpho, I take it you are talking about Humphrey Mmemezi ?

      Andrew - 2011-12-20 06:50

      Yes I wouls also like to know who he is he referring to as being a silly boy?

      Deidre Kuhn Parker - 2011-12-20 09:15

      That is what the owner of the truck said that skipped the red robot in 1992 at the Swartkoppies and Kliprivier intersection, taking out my brother (26), his wife (23), their son (23 months) and their daughter (13 months). "What is all the fuss about, its only 4 people". This is only 1 "silly boy" that has loved ones, 1 "silly boy" whom still has his whole life ahead of him, a life that might/will never be the same because of this "blue brigade" driver.

      Philisiwe Msomi - 2011-12-20 09:58

      would u say that if ths was ur relative,someone u love or care for...u r sick!

      Antonino - 2011-12-23 10:36

      Are you bored and trying to provoke people? Let's hope something like this never happens to you.

  • Shawn - 2011-12-20 00:20

    I travel beyween Mthatha as mush as twice a week on business and, just this past week, had to make way for a member of the "Blue Light Brigade". What absolutely ASTOUNDED me was the fact that this particular convoy was actually travelling at the appropriate speedlimit, sometimes below it! I actually passed them twice and they made way for ME!!!!! (ie: moved into the yellow lane!!)It just shows that not all are arrogant and obnoxious when it comes to road etiquette.

      cirrus11 - 2012-07-17 09:57

      It can be Done !

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