Three cars in Northdale smashed

2012-08-28 00:00

WHAT was supposed to be a refreshing spiritual reunion for a group of women, turned sour when three of their cars were smashed for no reason at a hall at Innes Avenue, Northdale, on Saturday.

The meditation class organiser said they had tea, prayed and had various discussions. But when they were leaving for home at 4.30 pm, they found three cars’ windscreens, windows and bonnets had been smashed. Nothing had been stolen from the cars.

The organiser said she had heard a “banging sound” earlier, but didn’t think much of it.

One of the victims, who asked to remain unnamed, said her handbag had been left untouched, and nothing was missing from the cars, so this was not a simple “smash and grab” scenario.

“It was the first time I had experienced something like this, and being ladies, we cried. It was especially traumatic as my car was a gift,” she said.

She said they were relieved that the perpetrator did not direct any violence towards them, other than the destruction of their vehicles.

“Who knows what could have happened?” she said.

The woman said she is now wary about going to the area.

Another woman said the alleged culprit was at the premises when they arrived for their session. “We really don’t know what got into him. He had no reason to damage the cars. We still don’t know why he lashed out while we were praying.”

The cars are believed to have been hit with bricks and stones.

The woman said they were disappointed at the police for failing to respond quickly, as they had to wait for almost four hours in the dark for the police and had called over 10 times.

“The Mountain Rise police station kept on saying the van was on its way,” she said.

They ended up driving themselves there to report the case.

Provincial police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said they are investigating a case of malicious damage to property and circumstances surrounding the incident. A 35-year-old man was taken in for questioning and was released yesterday morning.

Zwane said an internal investigation will be instituted pertaining to the complaint that police did not respond in time to the scene. “If it’s found that the matter did not receive the proper attention, disciplinary action will be taken against the responsible member[s],” he added.

• gabisile.ngcobo

@witness.co.za

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