Nightmare doesn’t end

2017-05-02 06:00

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For Igshaan Latief from Strandfontein Tuesday 25 April will not be forgotten soon, because it was a day of mixed emotions that he is still trying to recover from.

Latief works in the building trade and owns a Kia Workhorse van that he uses for his work.

The day started normally when he went to a client’s house in Claremont at about 11:00.

Then the nightmare started.

“I parked the van in front of the house and went to the back of the property to explain to workers what rubble must be removed,” he says.

“It only took a few minutes but when we went back to the road, the van was gone.”

Latief then went to Claremont Police Station to report the theft and started to make arrangements to get another vehicle to help with his work.

About an hour later it looked like the fates were smiling on him because he got news that the van had been found in Philippi.

“My wife called me to tell me that police from Strandfontein were at the house. Philippi police had called them to tell us that the van had been found and thankfully everything was intact.

“I was overjoyed and started making arrangements to get to the scene so that I could get the van back. Police advised me to do this, otherwise it would be taken to the pound and it would take some time to get it back.”

Bad to worseLatief managed to get a lift to where the van had been found, but his joy quickly turned to frustration.

“When I got to the scene in Brown’s Farm I was surprised to see that my van was gone and I thought that they had taken it away already.

“There were three police vans there and lots of officers and it seems like they were arresting some guys for another offence or more cars that were stolen. I then approached one of the officers about my van.

“That’s when I got the news: My van had been stolen again.

“All I got from one of them was that they were sorry, but I still don’t understand how it happened because they were still in view of where the van was found.

“It’s all still a mystery how this happened, but we were told this area was known for car stripping, so it was probably broken up by now.

“We thought of driving around in the area but were told it could be dangerous.

“It’s just sad that our feelings of joy turned back to defeat so quickly.”

At the time of going to press the police had not responded to questions.

For Igshaan Latief from Strandfontein Tuesday 25 April will not be forgotten soon, because it was a day of mixed emotions that he is still trying to recover from.

Latief works in the building trade and owns a Kia Workhorse van that he uses for his work.

The day started normally when he went to a client’s house in Claremont at about 11:00.

Then the nightmare started.

“I parked the van in front of the house and went to the back of the property to explain to workers what rubble must be removed,” he says.

“It only took a few minutes but when we went back to the road, the van was gone.”

Latief then went to Claremont Police Station to report the theft and started to make arrangements to get another vehicle to help with his work.

About an hour later it looked like the fates were smiling on him because he got news that the van had been found in Philippi.

“My wife called me to tell me that police from Strandfontein were at the house. Philippi police had called them to tell us that the van had been found and thankfully everything was intact.

“I was overjoyed and started making arrangements to get to the scene so that I could get the van back. Police advised me to do this, otherwise it would be taken to the pound and it would take some time to get it back.”

Bad to worseLatief managed to get a lift to where the van had been found, but his joy quickly turned to frustration.

“When I got to the scene in Brown’s Farm I was surprised to see that my van was gone and I thought that they had taken it away already.

“There were three police vans there and lots of officers and it seems like they were arresting some guys for another offence or more cars that were stolen. I then approached one of the officers about my van.

“That’s when I got the news: My van had been stolen again.

“All I got from one of them was that they were sorry, but I still don’t understand how it happened because they were still in view of where the van was found.

“It’s all still a mystery how this happened, but we were told this area was known for car stripping, so it was probably broken up by now.

“We thought of driving around in the area but were told it could be dangerous.

“It’s just sad that our feelings of joy turned back to defeat so quickly.”

At the time of going to press the police had not responded to questions.

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