Social media has been abuzz with cases of people reporting their cars stolen at the Mall of Africa’s grand opening.
Metro Police Department spokesperson Edna Mamonyane confirmed they have received seventeen stolen car reports at the mall on Thursday. However, upon investigation, they found that only four were genuinely missing. One of the cars was recovered in Soweto on the same day, Midrand Reporter reported.
“The rest of the 13 vehicles were not missing, it is simply that people forgot where they had parked. People walk around for hours searching for their cars and when they don’t find them they call the police,” she said.
Mamonyane advised people to take note of where they were parking.
“You must know which level you are parked in and in which section of the parking lot,” she said.
“Mall of Africa has letters, numbers and colour coding to help patrons remember where they’ve parked.”
According to Mall of Africa management, all the cars that had been stolen were parked outside of the mall.
This after six vehicles were reportedly stolen in the immediate surrounding area of the Makro Carnival store in Brakpan last week.
According to Brakpan police, a white GWM bakkie, two silver Volkswagen Polos, a white Toyota Hilux bakkie, a silver Toyota Corolla and a white Ford Laser were stolen between 8am and 5pm.
However, Lesego Maogi, Makro’s marketing manager, said no incidents were reported within the direct areas where Makro had jurisdiction on the day, specifically at the store, the roads surrounding it and the two allocated parking fields on either side of the store.
“Makro had made adequate security arrangements for opening day and we will have additional security measures in place until Sunday, April 24,” said Maogi.
“The vehicle thefts that have been reported via social media occurred on the embankments of the main road (Heidelberg Road), which we had no jurisdiction over.”
The Toyota Hilux was later recovered in Leondale, Germiston.
– Caxton News Service