Blue light vic­tim’s bills still not paid

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THE DEPART­MENT of Hous­ing has not yet paid any med­i­cal bills for Thomas Fer­reira, who was left brain dam­aged af­ter a col­li­sion in­volv­ing a blue-light ve­hi­cle six weeks ago.

This is de­spite Gaut­eng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane hav­ing pub­licly promised at the time of the col­li­sion to pay the teenager’s med­i­cal bills.

The teenager was back in hos­pi­tal on Thurs­day, af­ter con­tract­ing a virus.

Yes­ter­day, depart­ment head Mongezi Mnyani said he had yet to dis­cuss the mat­ter with the Fer­reira fam­ily.

“We still need to sit down with them.

“The depart­ment is closed and I am not in the prov­ince,” Mnyani said.

He would meet the Fer­reiras early next year.

He said the depart­ment was com­mit­ted to work­ing with the fam­ily to find a so­lu­tion.

The the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre to which Fer­reira was moved last Mon­day costs about R120 000 per month.

The fam­ily also has to pay R3 000 each week for the next three months for am­bu­lance trips to Life Four­ways Hos­pi­tal for X-rays and scans to mon­i­tor the state of Fer­reira’s lungs and brain.

Fer­reira was read­mit­ted to Krugers­dorp Hos­pi­tal on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

“He’s run­ning a high fever, so they de­cided he’d bet­ter go back to hos­pi­tal,” Fer­reira’s fa­ther Paul was quoted say­ing.

The 18-year-old was in­jured when the of­fi­cial ve­hi­cle trans­port­ing Gaut­eng hous­ing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi crashed into him while he was rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle six weeks ago.

Mokonyane’s of­fice yes­ter­day re­con­firmed the Gaut­eng govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to help­ing the fam­ily. – Sapa

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