Kate Lorimer MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Safety & Security
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and MEC Humphrey Mmemezi should be ashamed of themselves.
In November last year, Thomas Ferreira was run over and seriously injured when MEC Mmemzi’s blue light vehicle ran him over while jumping a red traffic light.
A media release put out by the Gauteng Provincial Government on the 8 November 2011, stated “Mokonyane made a commitment to the family that the provincial government will take care of Ferreira’s medical needs.” (http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71654?oid=265679&sn=Detail&pid=71654)
The Premier and the MEC have now reneged on their promises.
They took advantage of the Ferreira family and tried to make themselves look good by offering to pay the difference between what the medical aid paid and the actual medical costs.
Now, Mongezi Monyane, the Head of Department for MEC Humphrey Mmemezi says there was a misunderstanding. This is nonsense, there was no misunderstanding.
Palming off undertakings of the Premier and the MEC onto the Road Accident Fund is devious and hollow-hearted.
Mokonyane and Mmemezi quite clearly have no understanding of or empathy for the continuing secondary traumatisation suffered by Thomas and his family due to the ongoing worry over medical bills.
I will continue to press for provincial legislation similar to that being implemented by the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape, to govern the use of blue light convoys in Gauteng.
Mokonyane and Mmemezi have shown that they do not care, and that the ANC government cannot be held accountable and cannot be trusted.