Pinching flags is not ayoba

2010-06-07 00:00

IT is ayoba to see the South African flags and “car mirror gloves” when you travel around the City of Choice; what is not ayoba is that there are people who steal these items.

It has been alleged that street traders are stealing them to resell.

Street trader John Chinomona said: “Yes, we do get complaints from some of the customers about people stealing their car mirror gloves, but after complaining they buy these items because they want to support their country.”

Chinomona denied that street traders are stealing the car mirror gloves. “Car parks and car wash areas are where most of these petty thefts take place. Other motorists are also perpetrators of this crime,” he said.

Chinomona said there is a high demand for flags and car mirror gloves. “The closer we get to the World Cup, people are buying these items like crazy.

“We don’t steal. We are just helping to ensure that people feel the spirit of the 2010 World Cup and make some money in the process,” said Chinomona.

The car flags cost from R10 to R40, and a pair of car mirror covers are priced from R50 to R60.

Police Constable Thokozani Buthelezi said: “I realised that it is easy to remove the car mirror gloves, so … where I feel it is not safe, I remove them from the car.”

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