Bakkie man’s shock discovery

2011-06-27 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man had his vehicle impounded on Thursday for investigation after he discovered it had been cloned and twice mysteriously sold.

Mthokozisi Dlamini (38), of Ashdown, uses his Toyota Hilux for his delivery business and he travels around the SADC region. However, his business has been put on hold since the police seized the bakkie.

When Dlamini went to Plessislaer Post Office to renew his licence disc on June 15 he found out that the vehicle identity numbers and documents had been duplicated.

He also found out that the vehicle had been “sold” twice.

Even worse, Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said Dlamini’s number plates belong to a Chevrolet.

“I was told that only the new owner can renew the licence disc,” said Dlamini.

“As I was confused, they told me that I sold the vehicle to a certain Sfiso Mzobe who lives in Imbali Unit J 1586 on April 28.

“I never sold my car, and I have no intention of selling it.”

Mzobe could not be traced to house number 1586.

Dlamini found out that the white bakkie had later been “sold” to a police inspector Khumalo by a Grange taxi owner. The taxi owner’s name is known to The Witness, but he could not be reached for comment on the allegations.

What Dlamini finds bizarre is that a transfer document has his details, including his contact details and signature, naming him as the person who sold the vehicle to Mzobe.

“I don’t know how these people got my details and that of my vehicle because I never lost my logbook.

“Obviously the signature is fake,” he said.

He went to the vehicle licensing department on June 17 where it was confirmed that he had sold the vehicle.

“The officials showed me a transfer file. In it was an affidavit, which stated that during the time I sold the vehicle I was admitted at some Richmond hospital suffering from tuberculosis. I never suffered from any TB,” Dlamini said.

He went to report the matter to the police’s vehicle identification and safeguarding section (VISS) on June 20, which is where he discovered more shocks.

There he was shown another Toyota Hilux bakkie with similar chassis and engine numbers to his bakkie. Both vehicles are white and the only difference is that they have different number plates.

The other bakkie’s plates actually belong to a red VW Polo, according to Mngomezulu.

Said Dlamini, “There I was told that [the taxi owner] and Inspector Khumalo brought a white bakkie for clearance on June 17. They told me that almost all identity numbers of that bakkie were similar to mine.

“Police contacted [the taxi owner] to come to the police station, but he never came. They summoned Khumalo to bring the vehicle, and when it arrived police found that its engine and chassis numbers have been changed to look similar to mine. It was then impounded. They also impounded my bakkie for investigation purposes,” he said.

A police lieutenant-colonel, who is investigating the matter, said this is not an isolated incident.

“We deal with a lot of cloned vehicles cases in Pietermaritzburg.”

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the vehicles will be kept at VISS for the duration of the investigation.

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