It was a case of vehicle theft and cruel irony in Durban yesterday, when a Shout SA anti-crime campaign vehicle was stolen from the city’s streets.
The Kia van belonging to The Arrows – Durban’s acclaimed female pop duo and ambassadors for the Shout initiative – was parked in Harvey Road, Morningside, while the musicians were doing a photo shoot for their new album. When they came out of the studio their branded van was gone.
The theft was not only an inconvenience for the band, but it would also be a hindrance to their efforts in creating awareness about crime in the country, said one half of The Arrows, Pam de Menezes.
“We are the Shout ambassadors for Durban, we go to schools and promote the campaign,” she said.
According to Shout SA chairman, Gavin Koppel, the incident epitomised the need for the campaign’s message to be heeded.
“It shows you nobody is immune to the scourge of crime, it demonstrates that we still have a lot to do,” he said. “The Arrows and Shout want to change the accepted attitude that crime is a part of society… they are doing this because they want to make a difference.”
Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, confirmed a case of vehicle theft had been opened at Durban Central SAPS yesterday.