AFTER buying a new bed on Friday, the man didn’t know how to get it to his house.
So he stopped a passing police van and the cops allegedly agreed to help him for a fee of R250.
However, the 31-year-old, who didn’t want to be named, had no idea residents of Jeppestown would be infuriated when they saw the cops moving the bed from the shop in Booysens, Joburg.
Jeppestown resident Musa Sithole said it was not the first time he’d seen police doing private jobs in state cars.
“There are two police bakkies that transport goods for people in the area,” he claimed.
The owner of the bed said he had met the cops while he was buying furniture.
“I have heard of people using the police to move goods. The cops charge a reasonable fee compared to people with private bakkies.”
However, he said he was only expecting to pay R100.
“I felt robbed by the men of the law,” he said.
Resident Sandile Mbuli (36) said: “When you report a crime the police tell you there are no cars, but they’re out there using the vans to transport people’s belongings.”
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Richard Munyai said the bakkie was taking a bed to their social crime prevention office.
“If residents have a complaint, they are urged to report the matter to the police.”