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Man leaves car at airport for a year

07 January 2013, 13:13

Johannesburg - A businessman owes OR Tambo International Airport about R42 000 (KES 462 000) for parking his car there for over 12 months, The Star reported on Monday.

Desmond Grootboom, a businessman who lives in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, left his blue Renault Clio at the airport on 8 November 2011 and gave his friend the car keys and the parking ticket.

However, his friend lost the ticket and did not inform Grootboom.

"I never checked with him," he told the newspaper.

The car then remained at the airport's undercover parking lot for 14 months.

Based on the airport's current price of KES 1 100 for the first 24 hours and KES 550 for every 12 hours thereafter, Grootboom owed the Airports Company SA R42 700 (equivalent to KES 469 700), The Star reported.

This was higher than the book value of the car, estimated between R20 000 and R40 000 (KES 220 000 and 440 000).

The licence disc on the vehicle had also expired and a R500 (KES 5 500) fine had been placed on the car's windscreen.



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