Weekend Witness - - News - THULILE PAKADE and DAVID WIL­LIAMS

FALSE teeth, as­segais, body parts and walking sticks.

Th­ese are just some of the items that lo­cals have mis­laid.

Week­end Wit­ness set out to find out where lost items go and if it is pos­si­ble for the own­ers to be re­united with them.

Umi Khan, the Lib­erty Mid­lands Mall cen­tre man­ager, said the odd­est items they have found have been walking sticks and dog food.

The po­lice make more sin­is­ter finds.

Spokesper­son Lieu­tenant Joey Jee­van said the SAPS keep all kinds of prop­erty handed in at po­lice sta­tions or found by of­fi­cers while pa­trolling the city’s streets.

“We get items such as en­gine parts from mo­tor ve­hi­cles, bones and even body parts. A hu­man leg was once found,” she said.

Jee­van said that peo­ple who lose items in the city cen­tre should en­quire at the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg po­lice sta­tion to see if they are there.

The hus­tle and bus­tle of Free­dom Square Taxi Rank threw up its share of quirky lost and found items.

Taxi driver Sizwe Mbongwa (32) said he’s found knives and as­segais in his taxi af­ter the taxi had passed through a road­block. “The pas­sen­gers get out of the taxi as it’s be­ing searched and leave them there.”

Smiso San­gelo (33), of Sobantu, said he’s found the usual phones and wal­lets in his taxi.

What can be re­garded as per­haps the most ar­bi­trary find is from a Mer­rivale res­i­dent, Ber­dina “Barry” Stokes (64). On Jan­uary 18, she placed an ad­ver­tise­ment in the “Lost & Found” sec­tion in How­ick pub­lica- tion Vil­lage Talk. On Jan­uary 15, Stokes found a bot­tom den­ture on a verge in Hol­i­day Road.

“It was at about 11 am when I was walking across the road from the NG Kerk of­fice to my house to pick up my dog, when I saw the den­ture,” said Stokes.

“My jaw dropped,” she e gig­gled. “It’s not a nor­mal den­ture. Th­ese look like they are made of ti­ta­nium,” said Stokes. So far no one has called her to claim them. em.

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