Editorials
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21 Dec 2020
4:32 am

Put the brakes on illegal car imports

Editorials

So we could be sitting on a ticking road safety timebomb.

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At a time when the government is deploying police resources to stop people from using many beaches, it seems incredible that more than 2 000 vehicles every month – or upwards of 70 a day – are being illegally imported into South Africa. What makes that figure even more incomprehensible is that most of these cars are coming in through our major ports – not being driven across the border from poverty-stricken neighbours like Zimbabwe or Mozambique. National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Mike Mabasa estimates that 300 000 of the 12.7 million vehicles on South Africa’s...

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