Woman detained over stolen car

2011-12-03 08:09

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She said she was released six hours after the charges were withdrawn in court.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.

  • Larry - 2011-12-03 08:45

    Whats the matter with these Wan***s. They are either corrupt or Incompetent, or a mixture of both.

  • Perfume5 - 2011-12-03 08:54

    The cops accused her of bribing, the cops are more corrupt than the South African public. Why did they not go after the person who sold her the car in the first place, she provided them with documentation, or did they feel the need to intimidate her by detaining her?

  • Garth - 2011-12-03 09:26

    Please do not sue the Saps after this Ms Lipharama - the tax payer foots these bills. Rather, do not vote for the idiots that place people like these in positions that hold sway over public protection. Get it? Do not vote the ignorant anc ineptocracy into power again and you might regain your confidence in our police force.

  • stephen.cole1 - 2011-12-03 10:12

    One good lesson learned ! Don't go to the cops to check the status of your newly purchased car !!!!!!

      Petro - 2011-12-03 12:17

      ...dont go to the cops for anything - take the law in your own hands - afterall we do know right from wrong without having to be cop...we have common sense, grewy matter, and a conscience....

  • MrGuyT - 2011-12-03 10:20

    Incompetent, uneducated idiots with god complex ... thats the police these days

  • Winsome - 2011-12-03 11:13

    Eish! What a mess.

  • Petro - 2011-12-03 12:14

    We live in a sick SA with sick leaders, cops and and and....Why check out a car to see if it is stollen - most of them are...why buy a csr - steal one - less hassles..... if you have a corupted goverment live corupt - much less drama that way.... bye bye GOOD OLE SA - hello HELL HOLE... then people ask why we leave this country - eith live like the heathens and burn in hell or leave and live the life our WHITE forefathers taught us - a shame really - my poor dad is churning in his grave...

  • Missionman - 2011-12-03 14:02

    This is the problem with the SAPS they are weak and misguided from the top down. The average police officer has no real concept of the law or what it stands for. In this case this lady was just doing the correct thing and becomes the criminal. This is utterly rediculous. The attitude shown here in terms of her release just shows they think they are above the courts.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-04 06:48

    Th.e policeman who arrested her should be fired for being a stupid incompetent idiot. When someone comes to verify there vehicle as the police have suggested you do you should not be arrested

  • Cristina - 2011-12-04 07:02

    Oh my word...why arrest her??!! I'm lost for words.............

  • Mike - 2011-12-04 22:44

    sad state of affairs now!! SAP are losing credibility.

      Arthur - 2011-12-10 13:48

      They have lost it long ago. After 22 years what can I say. From a formidable force to a formidable farce. Will probably get fired for this comment.

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-12-05 01:00

    Wrongful arrest suit, as well as suffering the indignity of sleeping in a prison cell. She could be rich.

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