Durban - A foreign photographer covering the Indian cricket team’s tour is considering court action after his camera equipment, worth R200 000, was stolen from the bus he was travelling on from Johannesburg to Durban.
Narender Kumar, 31, who works for Indian magazine Cricket Today, arrived in the country on December 4 for the first One-Day International against South Africa.
This is his fifth visit to the country, but the first time he’s been a victim of crime.
On December 6 he boarded an Intercape bus bound for Durban at 10pm. On Tuesday Kumar said his cameras and lenses were in one of two bags he had with him.
“The conductor told me to put both bags in the boot of the bus. I didn’t want to. I know South Africa so I travel very carefully. I said the camera bag was very expensive, but he said I can’t take it inside and he would put it in the boot safely.”
He said at about 2am the bus stopped in Montrose and everybody disembarked.
“All the passengers returned after 20 minutes, but the bus driver was gone. He only came back about 30 minutes later.”
Kumar said he arrived in Durban at 6am and, while bags were being offloaded, he discovered his camera bag was missing.
“I asked the driver where the bag was and he called the conductor who said it was put on the bus.
“He said maybe somebody took the bag by mistake, and asked for my details.”
Kumar said he had opened a case at Durban Central police station.
“The bus company offered me R1 500 for the claim, but I’m not accepting that.”
Kumar is in the country until the end of the second test in Durban, on December 31, and with the loss of his equipment is limited to taking pictures at cricket practices with a camera borrowed from a reporter.
He said he would be taking court action against the bus company if necessary.
Police are investigating a case of theft. Intercape’s Roelien van der Walt said their terms and conditions clearly stated that they did not transport electronic equipment and that passengers were to insure valuable luggage. She said Kumar did not declare his equipment. If he had, they would not have transported it, she said.