Cops 'hijacked' vehicle
A JOHANNESBURG motorist has accused city traffic officers of impounding his car while he was in it.
Goodman Matampi's car was taken by traffic officers in the CBD while he was waiting for parking space on the corner of Fox and Simmonds streets yesterday.
The traffic department said he had to pay R2115 for the car to be released.
Matampi had just dropped off his wife in Fox Street and driven around the street four times looking for a parking space.
"I pulled up on the side of the road for three minutes to wait for a parking space and that's when the traffic department's truck stopped behind me," Matampi said.
"One officer went straight to my windscreen and started writing the fine without even talking to me. It's as good as a hijacking a car."
He said there were other vehicles parked either on loading zones and on pavements nearby.
"I pleaded with her until I saw the truck pulling in front of me, preparing to load my car," Matampi said.
Reacting in anger he threw his car keys on the bonnet of the car before it was taken away.
Sowetan followed Matampi to the traffic department where the head of prosecutions, Amon Kganyago, told him that it was at the discretion of an officer to either warn or fine traffic offenders.
Kganyago said Matampi could file a complaint with them about the conduct of the officers but he would still have to pay the R2115 for the release of his vehicle.
"After 48 hours we will start charging him R85 a day for storage for up to three months," Kganygo said
"If he fails to take the car back within that period we will be forced to crush it." - email@example.com