A couple is taking action after their car was allegedly stripped while under police guard after it was recovered following a hijacking.
Renee and Conroy Gericke were hijacked of their VW Polo at gunpoint in Boksburg in January, the Saturday Star reported.
Police recovered the car in Tembisa in May and placed it at the Van Ryn Deep Vehicle Safeguarding Unit in Mackenzie Benoni.
The couple told the Saturday Star that while the vehicle was at the pound, it was stripped of its side mirrors, console gauges and computer box.
The Gericke’s now wanted police to pay for the tow truck charges and damages the car incurred while in the police pound.
“We don’t have any insurance, now the car is sitting at home gathering dust yet we are still paying for it,” Renee Gericke was quoted as saying.
“We are losing time at work and money driving up and down because of the negligence of the police.”
Brigadier Neville Malala confirmed the Gericke’s had instituted civil action against the police.
“The allegation (of the car being stripped) has come to our attention after a criminal case of theft from the motor vehicle was registered,” Malila told the newspaper.
He said Lt-Gen Mzwandile Petros had called for an internal probe. So far, none of the perpetrators had been identified.
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