Woman detained over stolen car
Pretoria - A Pretoria woman was arrested and detained for more than 24 hours when she went to the Mamelodi police station to verify the status of a car she had bought, the Pretoria News reported on Friday.
Jacoline Lipharama wanted to check with the police whether the second-hand Toyota Conquest she had paid R33 000 for was a stolen vehicle or not.
"I provided the police with the particulars of the person who sold me the car, including copies of his ID [identity document] and bank statements.
"He is the one who was supposed to be arrested," she said.
Lipharama was detained on Tuesday and released on Wednesday evening as the charges of possession of a stolen vehicle were dropped in the Mamelodi Magistrate's Court.
She said she was released six hours after the charges were withdrawn in court.
The police allegedly refused to release her earlier, accusing her of bribing court officials to have the charges dropped.