Is this SA's worst skedonk?
Kimberley police have impounded a 1976 Toyota bakkie whose only roadworthy part was its windscreen.
Head licensing officer for the Sol Plaatje municipality, Moses Alfonse, told Beeld: "It was the worst car I've ever seen on the road in my 40 years as a traffic cop."
Alfonse spotted the “bakkie” while on his way to work but, after showing the driver his identity card, the driver walked away to leave Alfonse to drive the bakkie to the roadworthy test station.
'I WAS TERRIFIED'
In a show of great ingenuity, the bakkie had only two gears, the tyres were bald and the shock-absorbers had been tied into position with wire and chains.
“I was terrified,” Alfonse said of the driving experience.
After inspecting the bakkie at the test station Alfonse admitted his biggest fear was the leaking five-litre plastic bottle that had been mounted alongside the engine as a petrol tank.
“It was an explosion waiting to happen," he said. "Nothing worked. It had no lights, no wipers and no indicators. Anything that was loose was tied with wire."
The owner, a Zimbabwean, later told police that he bought the bakkie for R5000 from a South African in 2011. The owner was fined and the bakkie permanently impounded.
More pictures with the Beeld story.
Willie - 2012-02-16 13:04
:) What do they say? 'n Boer maak 'n plan. Jippo it till it drives. Love the Coke bottle slash petrol tank idea. Of course not legal on the road, but a real cheap plot bakkie. Who needs new suspension when some wires will do? Who needs an aircon when you've got enough wind coming through the floor? :)
Grant - 2012-02-16 13:37
Toyotas go forever..... no matter what!!!
Johan - 2012-02-16 17:32
En hoe kry hy dit reg om so lank te ry sonder om aangekeer te word?
Trevor - 2012-02-16 19:11
Everything Keeps Going Right....TOYOTAAAaaaa....LMAO...what does one have to do to kill a Toyota bakkie?????
Phillip - 2012-02-16 21:13
The reality is that there are thousands of bakkies/cars like that on our roads and people are killed daily---well done anc idiots!!!!
Zizi - 2012-02-16 21:25
Philip you're the only idiot here! What does any of this have to do with the anc??
Glyn - 2012-02-16 21:30
The anc are in government, they police the streets. They have stuffed up. The anc are well known world-wide as being political idiots.
Mark - 2012-02-17 07:19
Here we go again, turn everything into a political issue. Ffs it is getting a bit boring know moaners.
Glyn - 2012-02-16 21:28
Even a Zimbabwean could not kill that Toyota!
mastersvoice - 2012-02-17 00:29
If the cops think this is bad, then they'd better wake up and start patrolling our roads!
Jango - 2012-02-17 12:43
I think this calls for another reduction in highway speeds, and more speed-violation cameras. A standard cop response for poor road safety.