Madam Premier's worthless promise

2012-04-13 07:48

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane has backed down on her vow to help pay blue-light convoy victim Thomas Ferreira's medical costs, which have now topped R1-million.

Gallery of images taken after Ferreira was hit by a “blue light” cowboy.

Mokonyane originally told Ferreira's parents - and the news media - that her department would pay up after Ferreira, 19, was knocked off his motorcycle by the speeding "blue light" car of local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi on November 5, 2011. He has received nothing.


Mokonyane asked local government and housing department head Mongezi Monyane to manage negotiations about Ferreira's accident costs but he told Beeld newspaper there had been a misunderstanding about what the premier said.

"If the premier's office or my office had to pay the costs, I don't know what budget this was supposed to have come out of," he said.

Ferreira suffered a brain injury in the collision and spent weeks in a coma. He was only recently discharged from a rehabilitation centre.

Mokonyane visited the family on November 8 and publicly promised - in front of the news media which placed it on record - and Ferreira's family to cover his medical costs.


In a statement to the news media issued later that day, Mokonyane's spokesman Xoli Mngambi said, among other things: "Mokonyane made a promise to the family that the provincial government will take care of Ferreira's medical costs."

Is THAT clear enough for you, Mongezi Monyane?

The Ferreiras have said their son's medical bills already amount to more than R1-million.

The Ferreira's lawyer Karl Schuler has applied for an interim payout from the Road Accident Fund.

Monyane told Beeld that he had contacted a senior RAF official to try and expedite the process.

The driver of the "blue light" car that collided with Ferreira on November 5 2011 year could be charged on Monday (April 16). National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga told Beeld the police sent the investigation report to the Director of Public Prosecutions in April 11.


  • trevorlbennett - 2012-04-13 09:16

    "If the premier's office or my office had to pay the costs, I don't know what budget this was supposed to have come out of," When she made the promise, didn't she think about where the money will come from? Typical short sighted ANC politician.

      Frank - 2012-04-13 14:25

      they`re talking about costs but they probably just bought themselves a 7 series each.I`ll try and refrain from saying what i hope happens to this piece of trash, but lets just say she`ll need someone to change her nappies everyday.

  • Andres - 2012-04-13 09:26

    Here's a thought: It can come out of the transportation budget! Don't drive around in blue-light convoys for 3 months and you'll have the R1million for this poor boy. But, no, we wouldn't want to drive around like lowly W.Cape DA politicians would we? We need our VIP convoys, we're the "ruling party."

  • Judith - 2012-04-13 10:02

    Shameless all of them tagging the family along and then callously dropping this bombshell. Why hasn't the driver been charged with attempted murder?

  • mariusvrens - 2012-04-13 10:26

    My question: Why is the premier and her driver not criminally charged???

  • Fredster - 2012-04-13 10:28

    It should come from her own pocket...the gov did not run him over, SHE did

      Ebon - 2012-04-13 15:42

      Err, she didn't actually. It was one of the drivers assigned to Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi. Rationally, the dept of Housing needs to pay for this and the individual in question charged criminally because when he hit this guy he was not doing his official duties (which IMO are a complete waste for the minister of housing).

  • Victor - 2012-04-13 11:03

    sue the bitch and her driver

  • djmain1 - 2012-04-13 12:23

    Since when do we still believe the promises cANCer politicians make? We've learnt long ago that the words don't match the actions. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

  • Johan - 2012-04-13 14:06

    How do you now a politician is lying? Her lips are moving!. She made a promise as it made good TV and now?

  • gideon.langart - 2012-04-14 15:01

    Shame on her and the whole blue light nonsense. 1. The electorate should never vote her into anything again. Blue light's are for police only on urgent POLICE business, misuse should result in instant dismissal, no matter who - That's democracy.

  • George - 2012-04-20 00:35

    Waste of oxygen!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 21:32

    assasinate the lying thug and the driver then sue the anc

  • gideon.langart - 2012-11-30 15:00

    She's a liar. Can such a person be allowed to remain in office?

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