Teenager badly hurt by MEC's blue light convoy
Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi was in the official vehicle that struck a teenager in Krugersdorp on the West Rand, the premier’s office has acknowledged
“He was not injured in the accident, but he was definitely in the car along with a bodyguard,” spokesman Xoli Mngambi said.
Thomas Ferreira, 18, was knocked off his motorbike while driving to Randfontein, west of Johannesburg on the weekend, the Beeld reported on Tuesday.
Ferreira was in a critical condition in hospital with swelling and haemorrhaging of the brain, and fractures of the arm, leg and face.
Mmemezi and Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane visited Ferreira’s home in Krugersdorp on Tuesday afternoon.
The premier was in Krugersdorp to offer support to Ferreira’s family. “She has also extended a helping hand to the family, by assisting them with any medical costs and needs for his (Ferreira’s) recovery,” Mngambi said.
Eyewitness Lizanne van Wyk told the newspaper that the BMW, with just one occupant, skipped a traffic light.
“We were in the turning lane and there was a taxi on our left. The guy in the BMW overtook the taxi on the yellow line. He jumped the red robot.
“He had no sirens, but he did have flashing blue lights. Then I just heard a crash.”
Mmemezi’s spokesman initially said the MEC was not in the BMW at the time of the accident.