After a quick stop at the mall, a New Woodlands woman returned to the parking lot to find an empty space where she had parked her car.
The woman, who asked that her name not be printed in the paper, said she had been inside Westgate Mall with her daughter for 30 minutes on Wednesday August 28.
On arrival at the parking lot, she said, she had parked her Toyota Tazz in a bay pointed out by a car guard.
Picking up the story, her husband Frank van Wyk, said that, on realising the car was gone, his wife and daughter had questioned the car guard as well as security in the mall who had referred them to mall management. Mall management told them to return the following day.
Mr Van Wyk went back on Friday August 30, but was less than impressed with the help he got.
“They do not care about
us. There are no cameras in the parking area of the mall (so) how can they monitor the activity outside and help people like me,” he said.
Liezel Conradie, regional director for Excellerate Real Estate Services, speaking on behalf of Westgate Mall, said they have investigated the matter and received confirmation that centre management and security officers were fully aware of the incident.
“However, we have recommended that the matter be reported to SAPS. We haven’t had any further communication from the owner of the vehicle since then. Centre management can assist with CCTV footage inside the mall, with no cameras in the car park,” she said.
Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson, Sergeant Jerome Voegt confirmed that the car had been reported stolen and that the case is still under investigation.