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By Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos courtesy of SARS

Buying a vehicle is one of the biggest, most expensive and most important purchases many consumers will ever make. This is a very daunting experience and therefore it is important that potential buyers take the time to do their homework before making the purchase. This can save the buyer a lot of inconvenience and money. Consumers in the market for second-hand vehicles should be on high alert for unscrupulous sellers who are ready to pounce on their hard-earned cash and take them for a ride by selling an illegally imported vehicle at a “good” price.

The saying goes: when it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many gullible motorists have learned this lesson the hard way after buying cheap second-hand vehicles, only to have them confiscated because they have been illegally imported and fraudulently registered. One such a person was a pensioner from Komga who lost her life savings when she bought a 2017 Volkswagen Touran in February 2018 for R120 000, a vehicle with a price tag of around R290 000 at that stage. Her daughter introduced her to the vehicle dealer, a Congolese national, who sold the vehicle to her. She said: "I used my entire savings and money I inherited from the passing of my daughter to purchase the vehicle." In October 2018, two police officials confiscated the vehicle, informing her that it had been fraudulently registered. She called the vehicle dealer, but he denied that the vehicle was fraudulently registered and promised her that she would get her vehicle back. As can be expected, she has not heard anything from him ever since and he ignored her calls. "I have now resorted to using taxis and my grandchildren are suffering due to this," the pensioner said (Zuzile, 2019)

The number of complaints about illegal vehicles being sold in South Africa has increased substantially since 2018. Mr Lee Dutton, the Executive Director of International Vehicle Identification Desk (IVID) Southern Africa said they have recorded a four-fold rise in complaints regarding attempts that were made to sell illegally-imported vehicles in South Africa. He stated that although the IVID does not possess the comprehensive statistics for vehicles that were confiscated in 2019, the organisation is aware of more than 1000 verified seizures. Naamsa, the body representing local vehicle manufacturers and importers, claims that almost 300 000 of the 12.7 million vehicles on our roads are illegal imports (Droppa, 2020).

Import of used vehicles into South Africa
The importation of used vehicles into South Africa is prohibited under the International Trade Administration Act 71 of 2002 to protect the local motor vehicle manufacturing industry’s local manufacturing, which contributes more than 7% to the gross domestic product (GDP) and creates employment for thousands (Times Live, 2020). Mr Jakkie Olivier, the CEO of the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) explained that they have seen cases in other countries where the import of foreign vehicles has decimated the local market (Business Leadership South Africa, 2020). There are however, exceptional cases where permits will be issued to import a second-hand vehicle into the country. These cases include:

  • Immigrants with permanent residence may bring vehicles registered in their names into the country;
  • South African residents returning to South Africa with vehicles registered in their names; and
  • other vehicles that may be imported include racing cars, vintage passenger vehicles, specially designed vehicles and inherited vehicles.

The whole process is handled by the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) and the importer has to pay customs duty, calculated as a percentage of the value of the vehicle(s) to SARS (Republic of South Africa, Nd). Importers must remember that ITAC will never issue permits for the import of second-hand vehicles for use on South African roads.


[This is only an extract from an article published in Servamus: March 2021. If you are interested in reading the rest of the article in which we explain the status of imported vehicles; the origin of these illegally imported vehicles; the destruction of such vehicles; whether “owners” of such illegally imported vehicles will have any recourse and the impact on our economy, contact Servamus’s offices by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a fax: 0866 358 956 to enquire. Ed.]

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Servamus - June 2021

Not a day goes by that we do not see or interact with a private security officer - either when we visit a shopping centre, have a security crisis at home or at the office or when a private security officer passes us while patrolling the neighbourhoods in their vehicles.
By Annalise Kempen
Family murder is a heartbreaking topic and one will never understand how parents can commit such acts involving their own children.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
“I am John. My ‘new’ father enjoyed a couple of drinks at night and then started swearing at my mother.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
When the eight-year-old victim of Nicolas Ninow (the so-called Dros rapist) was asked to testify in court, social media users were up in arms about the reason why this young victim had to testify.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - June 2021

Read More - S v Klaas, Case No: CC51/2020, dated 30 November 2020, High Court Grahamstown (ECG)
Mr Wandile Klaas, hereinafter referred to as the accused, was convicted by the High Court in Grahamstown (nowadays called Makhanda) of count 1: housebreaking with intent to commit theft; count 2: rape; and count 3: theft.
A discussion entitled “Before the accused has pleaded to the charge” and/or, “Two men have been taken in for questioning by the police”, was published in Ask Pollex in Servamus: November 2020.
Read More - S v Thabani Luthuli Case no: AR 106/2020 High Court in Pietermaritzburg, KZN (KZP)
Introduction Mr Thabani Luthuli, the accused, was convicted before the regional court in Ixopo in KZN (“the trial court”) of count 1, housebreaking with the intent to rape, and, count 2, rape.

Letters - June 2021

Securing a conviction in a murder case is always a reason to celebrate that justice has been served.
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