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Mother's 20-year wait for road crash payout

By unknown | Sep 01, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Michael Sakuneka

Michael Sakuneka

A Limpopo woman, whose son was paralysed as a result of a road accident, is furious at the Road Accident Fund's failure to make payments for her son's claim in more than two decades.

Hilda Mobai, 68, of Ga-Matshwi Village in Bolobedu, near Tzaneen, says her son Perry, and his younger brother Billy Songwane, were shot at by four white off-duty police officers on the road between Pretoria and Soshanguve while driving to Mabopane in 1988

The police suspected that he might have stolen the BMW he was driving.

As a result of the shooting Perry lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into a bridge.

After the crash he spent three months in the intensive care unit at Dr George Mukhari Hospital in GaRankuwa.

As a result of the accident Perry became paralysed and has been wheelchair-bound since. Mobai says Perry has now also started to "lose his mind".

Mobai says she claimed from the fund shortly after her son was discharged from hospital but without success.

The claim was made through a Pretoria law firm, which later referred the case to another attorney in the city.

"I'm suspicious that fraud might be involved since the lawyers who took over unexpectedly dropped the case," Mobai says.

Mobai and her son survive on her state pension, which she also uses to pay her son's medical expenses.

The policemen were arrested at the time but later had charges against them dropped for lack of evidence.

Mobai says her son would have enrolled at a university for a law degree had he not been crippled.


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