Ferreira lawyers to settle RAF claims

Krugersdorp teen Thomas Ferreira’s father says his son’s condition has still not improved.

Thomas Ferreira's parents Paul and Priscilla at Talk Radio 702. Picture: Taurai Maduna /EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Krugersdorp teenager Thomas Ferreira's lawyers on Thursday said they are hoping to settle all his claims from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) by 2014.

His motorcycle collided with a blue-light vehicle transporting former Gauteng Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi in 2011.

Ferreira was left brain damaged and sustained serious injuries.

The teen's father Paul says his condition has still not improved, but he is seeing several doctors including psychiatrists. He is also still undergoing intensive rehabilitation therapy.

Paul says his son is very lonely.

"The problem is getting him back into society; he hasn't got a lot of friends. Obviously, their lives carry on."

Mmemezi is refusing to comment on reports that the driver of the vehicle twice failed his advanced driving VIP protection course.

_The Star _newspaper reported that Joseph Semitjie, who is accused of reckless and negligent driving, failed the test before and after the accident.

RED LIGHT?

The Democratic Alliance (DA)-led government in the Western Cape wants escort vehicles carrying VIPs or office bearers to only use their sirens in emergency cases.

The ANC has slammed their attempts, calling the move unnecessary.

According to Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC Robin Carlisle, draft regulations were published in the Government Gazette on Friday.

"We cannot continue to have the safety of other road users threatened unnecessarily by the use of blue-lights and sirens in non-emergency situations," Carlisle added.

If the proposed law is passed, offenders will be forced to pay a fine or face imprisonment.