Car recovered after 22 years could be given away

2015-08-26 10:43
Derrick Goosen's stolen Toyota is towed back to Pretoria after being recovered in Limpopo. (Supplied to News24)

Derrick Goosen's stolen Toyota is towed back to Pretoria after being recovered in Limpopo. (Supplied to News24)

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Pretoria - After being reunited with his car that was stolen 22 years ago, Derrick Goosen has undertaken to assist the person who was driving the car when it was recovered.

The previous user had no idea the car had been stolen and was using it to transport elderly people to collect their pensions when the police impounded the vehicle.

Now Goosen wants to raise money for another car - and if that doesn't work, he will give the car back.

The Toyota 1.6 GL was stolen in October 1993 in Pretoria. For 22 years, Goosen never heard anything about it. That was until five weeks ago, when he received a call to say the car had been found.

Through the dedication, hard work and perseverance of Warrant Officer Kwakwa Ntokola from the Seshego Vehicle tracking unit in Limpopo, Goosen’s car was recovered in November 2014 during a roadblock.

After the car was recovered, Goosen received a call asking him to identify it. He received his car with great excitement and planned to register it under his name and keep it.

Car used to transport elderly people

That changed when he spoke to the previous owners who shared the story of how the car came to them.

"The lady told me that they bought the car for a relative who was unemployed in order to be able to earn an income.

"After getting the car, the relative was transporting elderly people in his area to collect their pensions and also to do their shopping. He was also transporting schoolchildren who attend school far from home,” said Goosen.

That conversation touched the man from Pretoria. The family from Limpopo did not know that the car was stolen. They had documentation for the car, despite the chassis and engine numbers having been filed off.

After the conversation, Goosen said he promised himself he would assist the family in recovering the costs of buying the car. He told the family that he would try to find people who would be willing to contribute financially towards them.

Derrick Goosen's stolen Toyota. (Supplied to News24)

Doing his part to help someone

"If I can't find sponsors or people to help me raise the money, I'm going to give the car back. I know the pain of losing a car that you love very much," he said.

“This is not about me but about the person being able to put food on the table using the car. This is about a man living in a rural area that was given the opportunity by his family [by buying him the car] to generate an income - thus job creation,” he said.

Goosen said there were many social ills within the country with unemployment being relatively high, and he wanted to do his part and help change someone’s life and help that person have a source of income.

“This opportunity was taken away from him for reasons out of his control. We all know that unemployment is a huge problem in South Africa and in many cases and most of the time it leads to crime as a last source of putting food on the table.

“This man could just as well turn into a criminal, that’s why I feel so strong to assist him in doing what he did before the car was impounded.

"The message should be to all stand together and make a difference when and if possible,” said Goosen.

Derrick Goosen's stolen Toyota. (Supplied to News24)

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