Off-duty cop hijacked, shot, left in boot
Johannesburg - A police officer has been shot and hijacked by three men near KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga, police said on Wednesday.
The officer picked up three men hitchhiking on the road in Vlaklaagte village at about 19:00 on Tuesday, Captain Madimetja Ledwaba said.
He was off-duty and driving his VW Golf to Verena village at the time.
Passers-by found the vehicle abandoned in the same village a few hours later.
Ledwaba said the officer was found locked in the boot with a bullet wound in the stomach.
"He was seriously wounded and could not fully explain what had happened," he said.
"It appeared the hijackers abandoned the car after it broke down because of mechanical problems."
The officer, in his late 20s, was admitted to KwaMhlanga Hospital.
The hijackers were still being sought.