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South Africa police 'recover car stolen 22 years ago'

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image captionDerrick Goosen said the car was of sentimental value

A South African man is to be reunited with his car 22 years after it was stolen in the capital, Pretoria.

"The car was still in mint condition; nothing was missing - not even the battery," Derrick Goosen told South Africa's News24 website.

Police in the northern province of Limpopo stopped the Toyota Corolla at a road block last November.

One officer then spent months tracing the owner, as the registration and chassis numbers had been removed.

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Once Mr Goosen was contacted, he had to drive about 250km (155 miles) north of Pretoria to identify the vehicle.

"The car was of sentimental value to me. I loved it and I am grateful I've found it," the 44-year-old is quoted as saying.

According to News24, the car had been used as a taxi for many years until it was bought by an unsuspecting police officer in Limpopo for about 22,000 South African rand ($1,569; £1,004).

"She had all the paperwork indicating she was the owner, but she didn't know it was a stolen car and the information had been changed," Mr Goosen said.

Plans are now under way to return that car to its first owner.

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