Stolen, found, gone again

Court orders traf­fic of­fi­cer to find car miss­ing from pound

The Witness - - NEWS - SHARIKA REGCHAND • sharika.regchand@wit­

A MAN who has tried for two years to get Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to tell him where his im­pounded car is, will hope­fully have some luck now.

Yes­ter­day the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg high court granted Siphiwe Dube an or­der di­rect­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and traf­fic of­fi­cer, Sa­belo Mban­jwa, to re­turn his Toy­ota RunX within 14 days.

If they are un­able to com­ply with the or­der then they have to dis­close the ex­act lo­ca­tion of where the car is kept.

The sher­iff of the court has also been given the go-ahead to re­move the car from wher­ever it is.

The ve­hi­cle was stolen in Dur­ban and re­cov­ered in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

Dube said in court pa­pers that in Jan­uary 2016, he was at home when he heard “some strange noise com­ing from out­side”. When he peeped through the win­dow, he saw his car be­ing driven away by some­one he did not know.

He re­ported the theft to the Bel­lair Po­lice Sta­tion.

Six months later, Mban­jwa, the traf­fic of­fi­cer, called him and said the ve­hi­cle has been found in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

Dube was then asked to come to the city with doc­u­men­ta­tion to prove he was the owner of the ve­hi­cle, which he did.

He found out that the car was re­cov­ered from a woman who said she bought it from a car dealer in Dur­ban for R50 000.

Mban­jwa told Dube that the ve­hi­cle had to be sent to the po­lice pound in Mkon­deni and that he should col­lect it af­ter a week. But when he went there, he was told the car was not there.

Dube said he tried to con­tact the traf­fic of­fi­cer but could not reach him.

He then went to the man’s of­fice where he was told that the car was sent to the pound. He re­turned there again, only to find out that the records in­di­cated that it was not re­ceived.

Fed-up, he got a po­lice friend of his to help him track down the car.

That too failed.

Even­tu­ally he was told by the traf­fic of­fi­cer that the car had been re­leased but he did not know where it was.

Des­per­ate for an­swers, Dube turned to his at­tor­ney who wrote to the Msun­duzi Traf­fic Depart­ment to find out where the car is.

A re­sponse was re­ceived in April last year say­ing that a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be con­ducted to de­ter­mine the mer­its of the com­plaint, and that it will be re­ferred to the le­gal divi­sion.

He said his at­tor­ney had re­ceived no use­ful feed­back af­ter­wards.

Fur­ther at­tempts to get in­for­ma­tion proved un­suc­cess­ful.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity did not file any pa­pers re­gard­ing this mat­ter.

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