Eye-testing machines stolen

2012-02-07 14:10

Johannesburg - The Brakpan Licensing Centre could provide only limited services this week because of the theft of eye-testing machines, the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality said on Tuesday.

"Four specialised live scanning unit (LSU) computers, which are used for eye testing, were stolen in the break-in which took place in the early hours of Friday morning," spokesperson Justice Mohale said.

This meant that only one LSU was available until the two kept in storage were up and running by the end of the week.

Only bookings for learners' licences, drivers' licence renewals and a limited number of professional driving permits could be processed this week.

Mohale apologised to people turned away from the centre on Monday and appealed for patience until the problem was rectified.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-07 14:31

    Oh come on!!! This is so ridiculous its funny! What the hell is someone going to do with 4 eye testing machines. We seriously must look like the comedy club to any overseas visitor reading the news!

      Godfrey - 2012-02-07 14:52

      LOL someone received a tender for eye-and-ear testing.

      jowza1 - 2012-02-07 16:16

      Someone just became an optician in the township

      Ntombizonke - 2012-02-07 16:25

      LOL someone need to keep record of his\her eye records.

  • procold2 - 2012-02-07 14:32

    what on earth did they steal these machines for, there cant be a big market for them, or maybe an inside job sell them back to the council as second hand equipment.

      Shirley - 2012-02-07 14:53

      Sounds like an inside job,to get 1 maybe-but all 4????

  • Gavin - 2012-02-07 14:51

    Wow - and I'm sure now one SAW anything.

  • Janice - 2012-02-07 14:52

    Im sure we have all seen the joke e mails that do their rounds every now and then about BRAKPAN!!!!!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 14:53

    Yup, those eye testing machines should put food on the table!

      George - 2012-02-07 14:58

      Yes and now it will see them through the month

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-02-07 15:21

    Come'on guys they obviously did not know what there were stealing, and thought they are computers. And beside once you are in you must find some valuables because either way you have broken the law by breaking in so just pick whatever you can get hold of

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-07 16:39

    The department must replace those machines chop chop ...otherwise we will have blind drivers plying on our roads.

      jeremy002 - 2012-02-07 16:55

      Regrettably we already have plenty of blind drivers on our roads. they do not see stop signs, they do not see red traffic lights, they do not see solid white lines, and so on , and on...and on.

      Mary - 2012-02-07 20:21

      Blind drivers in the Blue Light brigade too.

  • Anton - 2012-02-07 16:45

    Nope dont laugh they sell them to neibouring countries at a huge profit. Big Business

      Kusleg - 2012-02-07 16:55

      Neibouring countries use a chart with letters of different sizes printed on it and the test goes like....close one eye and read then close the other and read and then close both and so on....Lol

  • Kilroy - 2012-02-07 18:17

    The police are looking into the problem, But say so far they have seen nothing. Case of the blind leading the blind again.

  • Mary - 2012-02-07 20:19

    Eish ... it's amazing what classifies as "scrap metal" nowadays.

  • braamc - 2012-02-07 20:31

    Is there anything that they won't steal, murder or rape?

      Ken - 2012-02-07 22:12


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