- Photos of abandoned luxury vehicles rotting away in Limpopo have drawn the ire of citizens
- The images were circulated along with a claim that the whips belonged to the ANC
- Briefly.co.za explores the facts of the situation to find out if this story has any truth to it
For many South Africans ,owning a car is a luxury that remains out of reach amid difficult economic times.
Images of luxury vehicles hidden away in bushes in the Limpopo province had many up in arms over the sheer waste of it all.
The claim that the cars are owned by leaders of the African National Congress only served to inflame the situation:
“ANC Leaders in Limpopo are hiding their expensive machines in the Bushes after receiving police tip-offs.”
Shared on a page called Cde Conty Lebepe, the man behind the claim is a politician currently under fire with both a defamation case against him and another for contravening a protection order against him.
Lebepe, a former United Democratic Movement provincial coordinator, was booted from the party after criticising other party members, reports News24.
The post making the claims that ruling party politicians were stashing their flashy whips in the Limpopo undergrowth has been shared over 800 times.
However, the images were not taken in South Africa. Nor were they taken in Nigeria, where it was alleged that politicians were attempting to hide the cars from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Instead, the images were taken in China three years ago and reveal cars abandoned in a parking lot in Chengdu.
People's Daily Online, a Chinese state media outlet, reported that over 200 unclaimed cars had been stored in a public parking lot.
Among the forsaken vehicles were two Bentleys, two Land Rover Discovery sports vehicles and a Mercedes-Benz GL550.
AFP reports that many of the cars were linked to ongoing criminal cases, with their owners prohibited from claiming him.
While these photos clearly had little to do with South Africa, a controversial Mpumalanga businessman was busted attempting to bribe police officials to release his own impounded luxury ride.
Briefly.co.za reported that Sam Chabalala had been arrested after attempting to coerce a senior police official into releasing him impounded Mercedes.
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