- Mpumalanga police are searching for three people who hijacked and shot a police officer.
- The off-duty constable was shot in the lower body.
- The police officer was forced into the boot of the vehicle after being injured.
Mpumalanga police have launched a manhunt for three people who hijacked and shot a police officer near Bushbuckridge.
The incident took place at Casteel in Acornhoek on Tuesday.
The officer - a constable stationed at the Bushbuckridge police station - was off duty at the time of the shooting, said police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.
The victim...was on his way home to prepare for his nightshift duties when a white Toyota Tazz, without a registration number, abruptly stopped in front of him. Suddenly, three suspects armed with a firearm got out of their car and went straight to him. They pointed the firearm [at him], dragged him out of his car and shot him in his lower body before putting him inside the boot of his car.
The hijackers drove off and later stopped in Shatale Village, where they dropped him off in a street.
"They drove away in his private car, which was later found abandoned at Matsikitsane area in the bushes," Hlathi added.
The police officer managed to get help from residents and was admitted to a hospital.
"No arrests have been made as yet and the police investigations continue," Hlathi said.
In an unrelated incident, two men were arrested on Tuesday after another police officer was targeted in a hijacking in Balfour. Jerry Sfiso Ubisi, 31, and Fannie Sibande, 37, appeared in the Carolina Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
They allegedly attacked an off-duty police constable stationed in Standerton, Hlathi said.
Reports indicate that three armed men were involved in the hijacking. The third suspect is still on the run.
Police said the police officer was driving his private vehicle at a low speed on the R23 near the Balfour-Grootvlei intersection due to speed humps in the road, when three heavily armed men appeared and threatened him with a firearm.
They then held him hostage and robbed him of his service firearm with ammunition, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash. [They] assaulted him and forced him to lie down on the back seat of his vehicle. They also took his bank cards, ID document and other belongings.
The attackers dropped him off on a road near Vosloorus and drove away in his vehicle.
They were arrested a short while later, but one of them managed to escape. The third hijacker was still at large, Hlathi said.