Lost and found: human leg to engine parts handed in

2013-01-26 00:00

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 publication 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 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.

The first modern lost and found office was organised in Paris in 1805. Napoleon ordered his prefect of police to establish it as a central place “to collect all objects found in the streets of Paris”, according to Jean-Michel Ingrandt, who was appointed the office’s director in 2001.

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