Police suspect Golf in Duzi was dumped after theft

2016-06-21 11:11
Police remove an abandoned VW Golf from the Duzi River.

Police remove an abandoned VW Golf from the Duzi River. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A green VW Golf found in the Duzi River on Monday may have been a stolen vehicle that resurfaced due to the low levels of water in the current drought, police have said.

Workers from a business situated at nearby Barnsley Road, near Makro at Camps Drift, called the police early yesterday morning when they saw a vehicle in the river.

Divers from the SAPS Search and Rescue Unit who responded to the call said they did not find anybody in the vehicle.

“Judging by the condition of the vehicle, it looks like it has been in the water for a very long time. No bodies were found,” said one of the divers at the scene. The vehicle, which was eventually removed from the river, was covered in slime from being submerged in the water for a long period.

The green Golf Chico was pulled out of the water with cables and placed on a flatbed towtruck.

“The tyres and windows are no longer on the vehicle. It is basically just the shell of the car,” said police.

Officers believe the vehicle may had been abandoned in the water or on the nearby low-lying bridge.

“Once we pulled the car out of the water, we saw that it had no VIN or chassis number.

“It could mean that it was a stolen vehicle that was stripped and abandoned,” said one of the divers.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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