Non Consensual Towing


On the 2nd of may 2015, my mother was in a car accident. My mother was conscious and asked a witness to phone me, her son. I arrived on the seen to find my mother standing against one of the witnesses car. I wanted to get my mother to a hospital causality as soon as I could. I was met with a tow truck Company by the name Botha's Towing Group. I was advised that the car had to be moved as it was blocking the traffic. A guy by the name Riaan Botha was the tow truck driver. I asked him how much would it be to town the car to my house that was not far from the accident site. His reply was it would be R 450 to tow it to there. In that he pushed a book under my hand and asked me to sign. I signed thinking that the car would be towed to my house. I took my mother to hospital and 40 min later I phoned him on 061 423 7536 to ask were the car is. A very arrogant Riaan reply in saying that the car had been towed to their yard that is meters away from accident site. I told him this was not the agreement and he said that there was no agreement. Then I asked a friend of mine to help me to get the car from the yard and I would pay Riaan the R 450 that we agreed on.  He said that the car in question must stay in their yard until Monday 5th of May 2015 for further arrangement. I told Riaan that I was going to the police and he encouraged me to do so. I got the contact detail of Brigadier Manala from one of my friends that is in the towing business. I phoned him and said to meet him in an hours time. When I arrived at the police station he said that we have no case as I had signed the paper. there was nothing he could do and he said we need to go to court. Riaan didn't even allow my mother to get her personal belongings out of the car. 
In my knowing I was bullied into sighing the paper ( I was refused a copy of said sighed paper). I was not the owner or driver of the car as in The national Traffic Act 93 of 1996 Section 61(3) it states that only the owner, operator or driver is allowed to sign the permission to get the car towed. In actual fact this car has been stolen. 
My mother had been admitted to the ICU ward in a well know hospital in Vanderbijlpark with several broken ribs. That Sunday we were told by Constable Radebe of the Vanderbijlpark Police that it was not possible to send police to the hospital and that we cannot open a case on her behalf. I was told that as soon as my mother was released from hospital she can report the case. (We have a recording as proof) This forced my mother to ask the doctor to release her for a couple of hours to go and open the case and to go with the police to Botha's towing Facility to get her personal belongings.
Past 12 o'clock on the 5 May 2015 I received a call from Riaan that they offer us R 1000 for the damage car I must just bring the cars registration papers with a copy of my mother ID. I did not accept the offer and I asked him in what other way can we get the car. He said to pay R 5 500 to release the car from their yard. 
My mother is 53 years old, a pensioner and widow that was in a critical accident with only a disability income. All that she had was taken from her by Riaan who is a gold digger and inhuman.
Any help will be most appreciated as the police said that their is nothing they can do.

Report ID: 8165
Crime Category: Stolen - Car
Province: Gauteng
City/Town: Vanderbijlpark
Suburb: N/A
Address: Vanderbijlpark
Crime Date/Time: 2 May 2015, 00:05 AM
Reported By: Username8165
Reported Date: 4 May 2015, 23:05 PM
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  • aylaan 8 Nov 2016, 09:29 PM

    This filthy sewerage rat has stolen my sisters car also. Plz contact me 0835106178. The comunity of Roshnee is working tirelessly to get this piece of filth locked up. He thinks hes ford rangers will save hes ass. Hes set himself on a colision coarse with very wealthy indians .by Allah the mighty we dont submit to filth like him.we will stop at nothing to get this rat caged in prison. May hes mother weep fr him!

  • anti- botha towing 16 Dec 2015, 05:58 AM

    PLEASE NOTE they operate under a new name Vaal Auto craft
    07603707768
    0614237536

  • Username8232 1 Jul 2015, 11:55 AM

    It has been 2 months. The local court says that so many cases have been mad against them, but papers disappear, case gets thrown out before going to court or they just don't pitch. They hide in there work shops and are very arrogant. They worm themselves in every where so no harm can come to them. I please urge any one who has had any in counter with them to please contact me. My mother is suffering. Please any one. towtruckproblemssa@gmail.com. I need your stories and experiences.

  • anti- botha towing 28 Jun 2015, 10:55 PM

    They towed my vehicle only 2km and said I must pay R3000 resulting in a bad experience. This company is BAD news, please don't be caught!!!

  • Username8232 3 Jun 2015, 11:31 PM

    Elmien, Is there in any way that we can contact you? We are looking for victims of this person please if you can send your details to me it would be much appreciated. Send me a email at towtruckproblemssa@gmail.com. We really want all the victims stories. Thank you so much. PS: My mother still has not gotten her car back and he refuses to give it back. He actually swore at her. A very rude person if I may add.

  • Elmien 3 Jun 2015, 12:12 PM

    I had the same problem!!! I am still trying to get my car from Riaan! Any help please? All you have written here is how it happened with my husband!!!

  • Username8232 6 May 2015, 11:04 AM

    Sheryl, I tried to phone you and it goes to voice mail where someone coughs. Please don't beat about the bush. This is a serious matter and as such I don't have time for false information. Thank you

  • Sheryl 6 May 2015, 01:10 AM

    Contact me on 0618626243 , i will help you get the car back.

  • Sheryl 6 May 2015, 01:07 AM

    Leave me your contact details i can help you.

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