Hundreds rush in to buy looted goods at a bargain in Pietermaritzburg. People turned up in big numbers for the auction of plundered goods from the July riots. On Thursday, looted objects recovered from last year's upheaval went up for auction, attracting hundreds of people eager to score a deal.
The sale took place in Pietermaritzburg's Strauss Hall, which is part of the Alexandra Police Station.
Home appliances such as refrigerators, televisions, washing machines, and computers were among the things sold. The things were packaged together as combos, and instead of buying individual items, individuals had to bid on a combo. While some of the items looked brand new, others had scratches and looked old.
Some of the looted objects from the July disturbances that were auctioned off on Thursday at Alexandra Police Station. Bidder registration was held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Many people, however, were dissatisfied since they were unable to register inside the deadline.
Bidding was R100 per participant, with those who did not purchase anything receiving a refund. The winning bidder paid around R15 000 for a home appliance package that comprised a washing machine, stove, and other items.
One of the highest bidders, who did not want to be identified, told The Witness that he was pleased that he was able to receive some of the items he want despite not getting all he desired. I spotted a post on Facebook about an auction and began inquiring about it to make sure it was legitimate. I got about two out of ten of the products I needed.
The stuff in the lot that I got that I don't need, I'll sell to individuals who need them but couldn't acquire them at the auction, he stated. Edendale resident Ayanda Ndlovu, who also attended the auction, said
Ndlovu said. On Thursday, The Witness published a story online about the auction and it attracted a flood of comments.
While some people shared their thoughts about the auction, some posted pictures of the items that were up for auction and complained that they were scrap and were not supposed to be sold.
So there was no ‘working goods’ only scrap. strange I tell you, pretty sure I saw police confiscating things that at least looked functional and not scrap metal, wonder where that went.
Venolin Govender said, Selling devalued goods above market prices according to the Consumer Act is a rip-off.
Thulani Msimang said, Those things are not the ones that they were looting, those old scrap things we saw. Probably it was stolen items but never recovered by owners.
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