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2012-02-16 10:17

A BAKKIE BY ANY OTHER NAME...: This bakkie was described by a 40-year veteran of the local traffic department as the worst car he's ever seen. Images: Beeld

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.

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