Teen hit by MEC's car recovering

2011-12-27 16:27

Johannesburg - Thomas Ferreira, the teenager left brain damaged after being hit by a blue light vehicle, is slowly recovering from a life-threatening infection, The Star reported on Tuesday.

"He is stable and his high temperature has gone," the 18-year-old's father, Paul Ferreira told the newspaper.

He said they expected Thomas to be discharged from Kurgersdorp hospital on Wednesday.

Seven weeks ago, the teen was injured when the official vehicle of Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi crashed into him while he was riding on a motorcycle.

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

Rehabilitation programme

Ferreira was readmitted to the Krugersdorp hospital last week after he developed an infection brought on by the feeding tube inserted into his stomach. Thomas would now return to Life Riverfield Lodge where he was one week into a three-month rehabilitation programme before he developed the infection.

Ferreira said his son has improved significantly since the accident.

"He is awake and doing a lot of things. He can now take a ball and put it to his face.

On Tuesday, Ferreira said medical bills so far amounted to about R500 000.

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

Last Friday, she reiterated that "our commitment to the Ferreira family still stands and we are working with them".

By Tuesday, the family had not been contacted by the premier's office.

"We have heard through the press that they want to meet with us in the new year," said Ferreira.

  • Lesley - 2011-12-27 16:44

    So very happy the infection is clearing up Thomas!

      PyroSA - 2011-12-27 17:00

      +1 I just hope he can make enough of a recovery to live a normal life!

      Sean - 2011-12-27 17:37

      I hope that MEC d@@s will pay !

      Anthony - 2011-12-27 17:50

      does anybody know what happened to the driver?

      Gollum - 2011-12-28 08:18

      It's absolutely disgusting they haven't been contacted my the ivory tower dwellers who promised to cover the bills. Bet they're too busy partying it up and celebrating Christmas, New Year (and any other reason they can find to booze it up at the taxpayers expense) to worry about the insignificant cash-cows they mow down on the way to their next party.

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-12-27 16:59

    ...and the MEC sits at home in its trough gorging itself on food and alcohol without a care in the world.

      Steve - 2011-12-27 19:55


  • Burtfred - 2011-12-27 17:09

    How do you know when Nomvula is lying? When her lips move.

  • Anthony - 2011-12-27 17:31

    blue light blue light no light no light no brain no brain yes the blue light brigade has no brains.

  • Shoe - 2011-12-27 17:41

    Where have these blue lights been? 17 years into democracy, then boom blue light here- blue light there, blue light everywhere. Nelson Mandela's term: Zero stories of blue lights Thabo Mbeki's term (X 1.8) : No blue lights stories. Then walla....SA is inundated with countless stories of rude, reckless, ruthless drivers and body guards. What is this all about & where might it be all coming from? Thoughts, views, very welcome.

      rlmbennett - 2011-12-27 23:59

      Refer to Xavier 7034 below.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-27 17:41

    Why don't they have the guts to acknowledge that Blue Light Brigades are just a sign of a poor self-image: Self-image may consist of three types: 1. Self-image resulting from how the individual sees himself or herself. 2. Self-image resulting from how others see the individual. 3. Self-image resulting from how the individual perceives others see him or her. Western Cape premier Helen Zille drives the oldest and cheapest official car in her province. Her official vehicle is a 2003 ­Mercedes-Benz E320, with a ­market value of R154 350. According to the new Western Cape ministerial handbook, ­released last week, she qualifies for a vehicle with a value of R681 856, or 40% of her total ­remuneration package. On the other hand: There are fundamental questions that people in constituencies must be taught to ask: It does not matter what car you drive, your suburban address or the amount of money you have accrued since you got your job as councillor, mayor, MEC, premier or minister. The question is: do you love the people, especially the African majority? It is time that the concept of love & service was brought into political vocabulary. Let us admit it, many ANC politicians today suffer from deep-seated inferiority complex. Hence the "show" of wealth and possessions. As a result, contemporary politics are not only difficult and dangerous but also destructive to the ideal of building a united nation with solid moral values and spiritual infrastructure.

  • Dougie - 2011-12-27 17:44

    Remove all the blue lights from their cars and let them drive like all road users, they use the blue lights because they are late for meetings and then feel nothing for other road users. I will and shall not move over on any road for these hooligans because they cannot drive. I am very glad that Thomas is busy recovering from this uncalled for incident. Wish you and the family all the best.

  • Wendy - 2011-12-27 17:49

    Blue light .. is just a reason for "doing as you please".

  • an0nthinker - 2011-12-27 18:35

    Is the mec personally paying or is it the taxpayers who are paying?

      Gollum - 2011-12-28 08:21

      Very good point, sadly we all already know the answer.

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