Savvy businesswoman tracks down her stolen shop container

2013-07-29 00:00

A WOMAN whose shipping container — from which she ran her business — was stolen turned detective to recover what was hers.

Balungile Ngcobo was determined to get her container back from a man who posed as her dead brother and loaded her container shop on a truck and drove off.

The man has since been arrested and has appeared in court.

Ngcobo said her brother had been shot dead in 2007 and his attackers had never been arrested.

“Now this man is claiming to be my brother, but surprisingly he doesn’t even know me and our family. He needs to be punished for doing this,” said Ngcobo.

The man, Vikizitha Ngcobo, from the kwaNyamazana area, faces a charge of theft after he allegedly stole the Cell-C phone shop container from the Mpumelelo area of France.

The container, valued at R36 000, was towed away from its spot on Monday last week.

It belonged to Balungile’s brother Phelelani, and she now runs it.

Ngcobo, an up-and-coming businesswoman in the area, told The Witness that she was in another container just metres away from where the Cell-C container was when customers came to her asking if she was moving the container.

She also uses the container as a tuck-shop.

Ngcobo said at first she thought people were joking when they told her the container had been removed by a tow truck.

“But when the fourth person asked, I ran down the road to see for myself what was happening. I was shocked and dismayed when I got there and found the container wasn’t there,” said Ngcobo.

She reported the theft to the police, but also began her own investigations.

“The community described the tow truck for me and I contacted friends who know tow truckers in the city and managed to find it. I wanted to know who hired them to tow my container away.”

She handed this information to the investigating officer, who located the container at a house in the Henley Dam area.

A homeowner said the container had been sold to him.

Vikizitha was granted R1 000 bail and will be back in court on August 20.

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