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No mercy for children on South Africa's roads

updated: 10-Dec-13

In a recent interview with News24 and the Automobile Association (AA) public affairs head Gary Ronald, Ronald said, "South African roads are fast acquiring a reputation as being some of the most dangerous in the world.” “The equivalent of at least ten school learners is killed every year on South African roads." "This is partly due to road conditions and vehicle roadworthiness but more so because of road user attitude." This dire situation is highlighted in the recent conviction and sentencing of Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala to 20 years imprisonment each for murder. They were drag-racing in Protea North on 8 March 2010, when they crashed into a group of schoolboys. Prince Mohube, Mlungisi Cwayi, Andile Mthombeni, and Phomello Masemola were killed. "What we need is for government to put in the same efforts and energy that went into recent smoking legislation into the transport and road fraternities; to be relentless in enforcing rules and to introduce a national zero-tolerance attitude towards road offenders," said Ronald.

16-year-old Liam Scholtz* was a passenger in a vehicle when the driver lost control. He sustained a fracture to the base of his skull, brain haemorrhaging, and consequent brain damage. Following the accident he spent about 1 month in hospital and 7 days in rehabilitation. He had just completed his first term of Grade 10 when the accident happened. He returned to school as the 3rd term commenced, missing the entire 2nd term of Grade 10.

Liam’s mother had heard of the success of de Broglio Inc in handling claims against the Road Accident Fund and contacted the firm for advice. She was advised that de Broglio Inc would be able to assist in her son’s claim against the RAF and after a consultation, the claiming process was in full swing.

de Broglio Inc did not delay in doing investigations, obtaining all the necessary evidence and lodging the claim against the RAF. They carefully chose a team of 10 top medical experts who were appointed to explore and consider Liam’s injuries and all the consequences thereof on Liam’s life and employment opportunities. A comprehensive and water tight case was built for Liam’s case by his legal team.

In October 2013, Liam and his legal team from de Broglio Inc made their way to the Pretoria High Court to face the RAF’s attorneys at the trial. The matter was stood down until the second roll call after which the RAF made an offer of R3,667,158.00. Liam’s attorney and advocate explained the offer to him and he accepted it settling the matter in finality. The settlement marked yet another successfully handled RAF claim by the specialist legal firm de Broglio Inc.

*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality. Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.

Reference: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/AA-SA-roads-most-dangerous-20100316  

Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.