My stolen Polo woes: Limpopo man to pay for five years for car he doesn't have

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In happier times, Lefa Mabula was all smiles after getting his first car.
In happier times, Lefa Mabula was all smiles after getting his first car.

He was super excited. No more taxis, and he would be able to go anywhere he wanted, whenever the mood struck him.

He'd worked for years to be able to afford his first car, so electrician Lefa Mabula (29) was prepared to treat it with love and care. 

In August he decided it was time to take the plunge. 

“I wanted to congratulate myself,” he says. But what made the reason more important is his child.

“My child is 18-months-old, the idea of both my child and partner using taxis to visit me didn’t sit well with me because of the pandemic. I worried about their safety while using public transport,” he says.

Lefa bought a white Polo 2019 trendline on the 17 of August after getting a new job and relocating to North West, Rustenburg (Geelhout) in June.

Although this is a popular car especially among the young people, his choice was not all driven by that, it was simply for convenience.

“On August 22, I drove home to show my parents, I was so happy,” he says.

Lefa Mabula
Lefa's parents happy to see his car.

He went back to the North West and days later, on September 5, his landlord woke him up with terrible news: his car was gone.

“When I rushed outside, just next to where my car as parked, my cards and clothes were on the ground and my car was gone,” Lefa says.

In shock and disbelief, Lefa ran back into the apartment to try understanding this confusing moment. “I thought I was dreaming. But I realised that this has really happened to me,” he tells DRUM.  

"I thought I was dreaming. But I realised that this has really happened to me."

Now all he is left with is anguish and pain and short memories of a car he's going to have to pay for, for five years.

It has been over three weeks and his insurance, Auto and General, has rejected his claim. He hadn't installed a tracker yet, he says, which is one of the requirements of his insurance. 

“The first instalment for this car is this month. I am paying for something I don’t have,” Lefa says.

He reported the incident to police but now weeks later, there aren't any leads or developments.

“I am left to try find any leads on my own. I am hoping that one of these good days, someone could come forward with information and help me,” he says.

“I worked so hard to try get my life to be in order. I sacrificed a lot. Even now, I would get ready for work at 3am and come back at 7pm, tired.” 

He had made an appointment for the tracker, he says. 

“I was expecting people from the tracking company within days of the incident. The only reason why I did not have it in the days I had the car is because of my working hours. The one time I was free, there wasn’t a technician available,” he explains.

Lefa is now going through a tough time.

His parents, siblings and partner have been a great source of strength.

“But when I am alone, it eats me up. I only cope well when around people or at work,” he adds.

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He is a man of strong faith, even though he does not know how, he hopes that he will get good news soon.

“We have heard stories of people being hijacked and killed. That morning, I was meant to leave for work in the wee hours of the morning but that was cancelled a day or two before. Sometimes I wonder, what if God was protecting me from something worse that could have happened?

“It hurts a lot, but this does not mean my life has stopped, I am still going to push to reach my goals,” he says

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