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Blue light driver depressed after knocking teen

By Sapa | Aug 28, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 15 ]

Semitjie was not given any legal or financial support from the SA Police Service, provincial government, or the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, even though the accident happened during working hours.

The "blue light" driver accused of knocking over teenager Thomas Ferreira is depressed, the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court heard on Thursday.

Psychologist Carl de Jager told the court that Joseph Motsamai Semitjie was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and had suicidal thoughts.

After their first consultation on July 3, 2012, De Jager said Semitjie was very depressed and referred him to a psychiatrist to obtain medication.

They had had more than 20 consultations since.

The former driver for then Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi was convicted of reckless or negligent driving on December 3. He was driving Mmemezi to a meeting when he crashed into Ferreira, who was on a motorcycle, in November 2011.

Ferreira, who was 18 at the time, suffered brain damage and was comatose for weeks.

De Jager said Semitjie felt genuine remorse during his consultations with him.

"He is showing remorse and feeling sad about what happened because it is a human life that was destroyed."

The court heard that Semitjie received no support after the incident.

"He had to report to work daily but did no work. He felt insecure, isolated and it broke him down," De Jager told the court.

He said Semitjie was not given any legal or financial support from the SA Police Service, provincial government, or the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, even though the accident happened during working hours.

This was unfair labour practice, De Jager said.

"This was an injury on duty but he did not get any support legally or financially. Even today, he has taken leave [to appear in court].

"I feel he is a victim of a system he was working under. He was following instructions."

 

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MommaC

I don't think Thomas Ferreira is feeling terribly chipper about the incident either!

Aug 28, 2014 12:4 | 1 replies

RobinX

Love the understatement, MC.

Aug 28, 2014 12:5 | 0 replies

RobinX

So what? Are we supposed to feel sorry for this chump who with his recklessness severely injured someone. "Following instructions" my foot. He abused his blue light and hit a kid! Who exactly told him to do that?

Aug 28, 2014 12:5 | 0 replies

Maduvula

he's lying, when they cut through traffic they don't care about fellow road users who actually pays for their petrol, I once lost a tire due to this morons, I didn't realise how many cars on their convoy and the idiots thought I am blocking their boss, and they didn't stop to assist me change the wheel yet they saw what happened.

Aug 28, 2014 12:10 | 0 replies

BOKKER

I actually believe this guy. He just did what he was told. If Mmezi had said "slow down and be careful" this would not have happened. Its a typical ZANC trick to let the big pig walk and the little one swing. Soemtimes the little one gets a big job as reward if he knows too much like Bruce No2 Kolonane . Sometimes he just pays with his life like the soldiers in CAR or his health like this guy.

Aug 28, 2014 12:21 | 0 replies

hashTagSunday

Why do our public administrators need blue lights? Scrap the blue lights it is a privilege that makes them believe they are more important than they are and it breeds the arrogance we are seeing in government!

Aug 28, 2014 12:32 | 0 replies

mgijimi

Psychologist Carl de Jager told the court that Joseph Motsamai Semitjie was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and had suicidal thoughts.******************* let him commit suicide these blue lights are nothing but a pain in the a$$, Western Cape is lucky not to have these devils

Aug 28, 2014 12:41 | 1 replies

RobinX

But we do when poohlement is in session here. Not as many though, but they make their share of kak here too.

Aug 28, 2014 12:44 | 1 replies

mgijimi

I thought even him does not use blue lights there but atlease maybe he is there 3 or 4 times a month

Aug 28, 2014 1:6 | 1 replies

RobinX

WHo are you talking about.

Aug 28, 2014 1:14 | 2 replies

Hutton

maybe blue lights

Aug 28, 2014 1:48 | 0 replies

mgijimi

I thought u said when Zupta visit Cape Town

Aug 28, 2014 2:34 | 1 replies

defacto69

Get with the program mgijimi - that blackberry giving you problems again?

Aug 31, 2014 12:7 | 0 replies

Ratadilo

I do not think his depression can be compared to what Thomas Ferreira suffered/suffering. I followed the story and it was heart-breaking to watch that teen and his family trying to mend things without help from the perpetrators.

Aug 28, 2014 1:51 | 1 replies

RobinX

ANd they stalled and stalled. It was shocking.

Aug 28, 2014 1:52 | 0 replies