Kimberley - The Kimberley police are investigating an incident where a woman, who was allegedly fleeced by a Galeshewe mechanic, was apparently prevented from opening a case of theft at her local police station.
Kelebogile Sebapalang said earlier this week that she had taken her 2017 Opel Corsa Lite to a Galeshewe mechanic approximately three months ago to be repaired, but after being presented with a R22 000 bill, she was informed by the mechanic that her vehicle had been sold.
According to Sebapaleng, she approached her local police office in Witdam on Wednesday, but was told by the officer on duty that she couldn’t open a case as the mechanic was entitled to sell her car if she had not collected it within a certain period of time.
“I tried to explain to the officer that I had not given permission for him to sell the car. It wasn’t like I had just forgotten it there. I enquired regularly about when I could collect it as I need my car to earn a living,” Sebapaleng said.
The officer on duty advised her to approach Legal Aid for assistance. “I would have loved to have done that except I don’t have money for a taxi to visit their offices and I don’t have a car any more.”