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Witness: VIP driver checked car, not victim

2012-11-29 09:27

 Johannesburg - The driver of a blue-light vehicle that crashed into teenager Thomas Ferreira got out after the crash to inspect damage to the car but didn’t even go to the injured boy to help him, a witness says.

This was the testimony of witness Andrew Morton in the Krugersdorp District Court where Joseph Semitjie was facing four charges relating to the accident, reported Beeld.

The accident happened a year ago and resulted in matric pupil Ferreira being knocked off his motorcycle and sustaining serious brain injuries.

Semitjie was driving Humphrey Mmemezi, the former MEC for local government and housing.

Morton said he was driving with friends and had stopped at the red traffic light when they saw the white BMW X5 slowly crawl forward despite the red light.

The car apparently nearly crashed into another car and then drove faster to cross the intersection, crashing into the motorcycle on the other side.

Motorists used their cars to block the road to stop anyone from driving into wounded boy.

“I sat with him until the fire department arrived. I could see he had serious injuries. His one leg bent in completely the wrong direction, there was blood coming from the vicinity of his mouth and his breathing was very weak.

“I saw how the accused walked around his car to see if there was damage to the vehicle…he never came closer, tried to talk to us or to find out if Thomas was hurt,” testified Morton.

Semitjie denied this version of events and claimed the teenager had driven into his car.    

Comments
  • avremel.niselow - 2012-11-29 09:36

    Please fire him!

      davemanza - 2012-11-29 09:40

      Fire him? How about hang him?

      avremel.niselow - 2012-11-29 09:52

      With this government even firing criminals is rare so unfortunately that's the best we can hope for. This is not a country in which politicians are held accountable.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-29 10:15

      They will probably promote him. Why is Mmemezi not being charged?

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-11-29 10:16

      he should also now be arrested for perjury!

      p.borchard - 2012-11-29 10:19

      avremel, in the ANC rule-book, he just came one step closer to being promoted to parlament. Remember, those with the most criminal points wins.

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-11-29 10:20

      I detest the "couldn't care less" attitude of both the driver and the minister, which has been even more evident by their actions subsequent to the day of the accident.

      heathway.master - 2012-11-29 10:47

      The man must be charged for attempted murder, and immediately fired from the police. Attempted murder must carry a long prison sentence. A civil case must also be brought against him, and he must pay for life towards the medical and maintenance costs of the brain dead victim. How about a youngster recently, who was travelling 80 kms per hour in a 60 kms zone with his BMW. Some fat, naturally brain dead cop irresponsibly ran in front of the moving car, and now the youngster is being charged for attempted murder, even though not a single injury or scratch occurred to the brainless cop. It would seem that if your skin is dark enough, and your connections high enough, you have a license to kill. Seeing that this bastard totally ignored the victim, maybe his skin was too light a colour to be considered as a human being, and rather regarded as some mangy dog that had been run over. Reverse racism at its worst.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-29 13:09

      Put him on the streets. Let the citizens of this country deal with him. It seems mob justice is going to be the best justice.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-29 14:05

      It's just complete bull that these blue light drivers think they are above the law... I say ban them completely.. Especially when its for no good corrupt scum like this MEC!

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-11-29 15:08

      Yes! Firing squad!

  • sean.noble1 - 2012-11-29 09:39

    bugger fire him life in jail would be too nice.

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-11-29 09:39

    What a shame.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-29 09:39

    ANC lies & denial must triumph over tragedy! zuma can do it so why not all the rest

      ardenharvey - 2012-11-29 09:52

      Exactly Montaganes... Zuma sets an incredibly bad example(in every aspect)...others think they can do exactly the same!

      mpho.e.mogashui - 2012-11-29 10:04

      anc this anc that jeeezz whats next ?? ANC CAUSED MA HEARTATTACK>>>

      p.borchard - 2012-11-29 10:31

      mpho - in case you have missed the connection:- this exemplary driver is employed as a VIP driver for an ANC-VIP. In the real world out there, the employer of someone so obviously in the wrong, would be at the very least, suspended, before a criminal case can be completed against him. There are obviously NO mitigating circumstances or even doubts about what happened and how callously he viewed the whole incident. So sorry to disappoint you, but your precious ANC did not even begin to act like a crowd with a duty to look out for the rest of the people living in South Africa. With them, what is important is 1. their own back pockets, 2. their chommies and familie's back pockets, 3. covering all the asssesss of 1. and 2. and 4. giving a safe haven (after the obvious undisclosed deposit in certain Swiss bank accounts) for international murderers who had millions of their own countryment killed. If you can refute this, then you can take in the snotty attitude towards the rest of us not so in love with the likes of this VIP attempted-murderer.

      hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-11-29 12:02

      @ Mpho: When you have your heart attack are you going to thank the ANC for the wonderful top quality care you are going to receive at our magnificent State hospitals? I suppose it isn't their fault either the state they are in hay!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-29 09:42

    This guy blatantly lies to the court after witnesses saw him not stopping at a red light, nearly riding into another car before riding into the young boy...... I hope he is arrested again after the trail for perjury,..... as it is clear that the witnesses detail and clarity in their observations completely proves the 'twat' is lying to the court.... a precedence needs to be set, in court, for these cowboy blue brigade drivers that they are not allowed to operate outside the law of the country. His lack of truth shows his lack of remorse and gives light to the arrogance under which these units operate.

  • andre.mostert - 2012-11-29 09:44

    You are going to jail Joseph Semitjie you are obviously very arrogant or stupid choose one. Now you will have to pay for your arrogance or stupidity.

  • briana.scott - 2012-11-29 09:46

    If they arrested that boy in Florida and charged him with attempted murder, i certainly hope that this blue Light ass gets treated with the same 'firm grip of the law' blah blah blah. We all know that nothing will happen because he is blue light, they have gotten away with every thing. They are a law unto themselves. Just like the Taxis.

  • Dereck - 2012-11-29 09:48

    If it was my kid........

      ardenharvey - 2012-11-29 09:54

      i'll complete the sentence... if it was my kid... no amount of security or protection would shield that pig from the onslaught that would follow... why has it gotten to this point that South African's are resorting to leaving their country... making comments like this about the government... its so wrong.. and unhealthy!

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-11-29 09:57

      Lead pill...

      magda.harmse - 2012-11-29 10:35

      I would go Taken on his @$$

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-29 09:48

    How the F*c' is firing him going to solve anything? End his life, the way he ended an innocent life. the poor boy will never be the same.

  • jay.reede - 2012-11-29 09:59

    He must go and sit with Jub Jub in jail !!!!

  • dave.elmore.5 - 2012-11-29 10:00

    An innocent child lifge has been tragically changed forever. A lying twat is worried about the car he drives Who would you have sympathy for?

  • phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-29 10:02

    castrate him, then at least we know that he can't reproduce...he has nothing worthwhile to add to society.

  • vic.hammond.77 - 2012-11-29 10:04

    "The teenager drove into his car"! Another blatant liar, just like the rest of ANC members, from president down. It's a contageous disease!

  • wildwoody62 - 2012-11-29 10:23

    Rule no 1 in the ANC members handbook: DENY, DENY, DENY.........

      hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-11-29 12:03

      and LIE LIE LIE !!

  • liz.cresswell.5 - 2012-11-29 10:23

    Hope he gets charged? Why not name him and shame him? I saw "blue Lights gang" travel at enormous speed through intersection at William Nicol/Main, and had cars literally swerving out of the way for them, the speed was unbelievable! So unnecessary for this....I wonder who allows this in government to do this??? When will they ever learn?

  • kuno.tschumi.5 - 2012-11-29 10:26

    and what about the moron Mmemezi? useless scum. have they at least paid for the medical costs for Ferreira? or are they too good for it. how can such scumbags even look in a mirror in the morning. knowing that they destroyed a young man's life just because the idiots thought they don't need to follow traffic rules. Idiots is all i can say and i hope both the driver the the former housing moron rot in jail.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-11-29 10:32

    In the District court ? This is a lower court usually used for less serious offenses unlike the Regional Court or High Court. How can this be.

  • allan.keyzer - 2012-11-29 10:33

    Why is this not a case of attempted murder? Must he first be dead like in the Jub Jub case?

  • seipatigiven.ramoshu - 2012-11-29 11:05

    Cases like these that I really believe people's justice is the way to go.

  • geoffrey.walters.1 - 2012-11-29 11:39

    Fire him ,and he must pay all bills .

  • koos.hendriks.1 - 2012-11-29 12:41

    oh so typical of the cANCer idots! my car my car!!! i hope you rot!!!! if he gets life, they might as well bring back the death penalty!

  • dela.rey.5458 - 2012-11-29 12:46

    WAHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM HOMO HABILIS, HOPE U ROT IN JAIL

  • flysouth - 2012-11-29 12:53

    Lock this bastard up!

  • carla.smit.77 - 2012-11-29 13:05

    Why is this guy not in jail yet?! What more proof do they need?!

  • tim.brink.1238 - 2012-11-29 13:09

    Scum.

  • emilyjane.elson - 2012-11-29 13:21

    Fu$&ing A$$hole!! Deny deny deny.. Dumb F$&k.. Drive him over let's see how he likes it!! D@@$

  • twist.cas - 2012-11-29 14:01

    @squeegee.pilot. They will probably promote him. Why is Mmemezi not being charged? ------------------------------------------------------------------ Answer: Because he was not the driver at the time of the accident.

  • brad.herbert.522 - 2012-11-29 15:29

    Does anyone really expect anyone from the ANC to actually care about the public?

  • John - 2012-11-29 15:35

    Another stupid lying insensitive THUG!!!

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-11-29 21:43

    I think the Hell Angels should pay Semitjie a visit and bash this ape around for doing this to a fellow biker. ANC pigs!

  • Paul - 2012-11-30 06:56

    Semitjie: low IQ, privileged, deployed iso employed, no morals, no character, no ethics, common trailer trash type, crass, thug.

  • katlegojones.malemela - 2012-11-30 07:05

    The driver has no heart, hang him by the balls!! All he could care of was the bloody X5 that's paid by our tax money for this useless government cats!! Wonder if he has children, PIG! He must be found guilty and hanged by the balls!

  • Nina Renê Manzoni - 2013-09-03 11:24

    Semitjie, should be jailed for attempted murder and for reckless driving and ban him from driving ever again. Once again, these officials and their employee thing they are untouchable. A slap on the wrist will not suffice....like the Taxi Drivers these people have no respect for life......and this will not improve. S.A's Government should pay attention and clean up the ciaos they have created.

  • Gerhard Harris - 2013-09-04 10:15

    what do you expect we have a brain dead presedent that only thinks of himself and how he must make excuses for his criminal members of parliment

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