Naamsa blames syndicates for dummy-device car theft
Motorists on Monday called into #702Breakfast to complain about thieves allegedly unlocking vehicles with dummy devices.
Some say Ford vehicles were targeted.
The breakfast team contacted Ford but the car maker declined to comment, saying this was an industry-wide issue.
Bongani Bingwa speaks to National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) executive director Mike Mabasa.
Vehicle theft and hijacking continues to be a major challenge in South Africa and we have been engaging quite extensively not only as manufacturers but with other stakeholders, particularly with the police, insurance companies and other key stakeholders so that we can be able to see how we keep up with innovation in our automotive space.Mike Mabasa, Executive director - Naamsa
Particularly with the police, insurance companies and other key stakeholders so that we can be able to see how we keep up with innovation in our automotive space.
He says digitisation is growing and criminals have also become very sophisticated.
There are a lot of scams in the market and the one that callers are complaining about is one of many other initiatives by criminals that we are aware of as the association. We are interacting with manufacturers to be able to make sure that they are a position to continue to strengthen and update the current systems in the automotive space.Mike Mabasa, Executive director - Naamsa
Mabasa explains that it is difficult to pinpoint the exact car brands that are targeted as thieves sometimes target specific areas.
This also depends on areas. We know, for example, that in Mamelodi, Tshwane Volkswagen vehicles are targeted, so it is widespread in the market. We also see that it is a syndicate operation in many instances.Mike Mabasa, Executive director - Naamsa
These are not your ordinary thieves; it is people who are sophisticated, who understand how vehicles operate and many of whom have inside information from some of the data sitting on tracking devices and they know how some of those devices operate.Mike Mabasa, Executive director - Naamsa
Listen below to the full interview:
Police national spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo they will deal directly with matters where police committed a crime.Read More
God's Church Must Rise chairperson Bishop Bheki Ngcobo says the church should have been deemed an essential service at Level 5.Read More
Ntuli's campaign spokesperson Sam Mgobozi has confirmed that she has written to the party's public representatives.Read More
EWN parliamentary correspondent Babalo Ndenze gives an update of the briefing by Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.Read More
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula gives the state of readiness of his department as the country moves to lockdown Level 3.Read More
Spokesperson Kabelo Mahlobogwane says they wont allow the minister to use pupils and teachers to test the strength of COVID-19.Read More
Political analyst Lukhona Mnguni looks at the announcement of moving to Level 3 and the politics around the lockdown.Read More
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in an address to the nation that SA will move down to Level 3 lockdown from 1 June.Read More
The President has delivered a lockdown update - listen to his explanation of the move to Level 3 from 1 June.Read More
A survey by teacher unions shows that 92% of SA's schools are not ready and safe to re-open says Natu's Cynthia Barnes.Read More
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in SA on Tuesday was 24,264, and the total number of recoveries stood at 12,741.Read More
Congregants must wear masks and organisations must thoroughly clean and sanitise places for worship before and after services.Read More
Amcu general secretary David Sipunzi says the number could be higher because results were still coming.Read More
Eyewitness News reporter Babalo Ndenze has the full report.Read More
Business Insider Inc associate editor Phillip de Wet offers more on the regulation.Read More
He is expected to provide an update on the provisions for the religious sector following a meeting with the command council.Read More
The Daily Maverick has reported how the erratic supply of water has persisted after Makhanda East was without water for a week.Read More
The author and popular host of Newzroom Afrika's "Your View" took to Twitter to make the announcement at the weekend.Read More
702 and Dineplan are giving you a chance to keep your favourite local spots open after the lockdown. Find out how.Read More
The 23-day-old baby passed away following open heart surgery last week.Read More