Blue light driver in court

FILE PICTURE: Joseph Motsamai Semetjie stands outside the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court. Semetjie drove into biker Thomas Ferreira as he was driving former Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemzi to a meeting. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Blue light driver Joseph Motsamai Semitjie, who knocked over Thomas Ferreira while jumping a red traffic light, arrived at the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday for sentencing proceedings.

Dressed in a blue and grey tracksuit, he took a seat in the front row of the public gallery before going outside with his lawyer.

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

Ferreira, who was 18 at the time, suffered head injuries and was comatose for weeks.

During the trial, the court heard that Semitjie was driving on the left side of the yellow line, had not switched on his siren and went through a red traffic light.


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