Cops hijacked me - Porsche driver

2012-05-14 08:26

Johannesburg - A Johannesburg man was hijacked and held at gunpoint by a group of men in police uniforms, The Star reported on Monday.

Ryan Pickford drove past Leeuwkop prison on Friday evening when a white VW Golf behind him began flashing blue lights, according to the daily.

The 35-year-old pulled over. Several men wearing police uniforms, bulletproof vests and carrying R5 rifles told him he would be arrested if he did not accompany them to the nearest police roadblock for a breathalyser test. He agreed, but said he was able to drive his own car. He was handcuffed and pushed into the back of the Golf.

One of the criminals drove off in his Porsche. He was then told he was being hijacked. The men pushed his head down and pointed their guns at him.


"I told them about my two kids and wife, and how I needed to be with them," Pickford said.

His 3-week-old son is in the high care unit at Morningside Clinic.

The men questioned him about his cars and banking details. Thirty minutes later they pulled over at a veld in Centurion and took his watch and cellphone. The men told him to run into the veld and lie down. After a few minutes the car sped off.

Pickford said he was convinced the men were police officers and not impersonators as he recognised the face of one of them from another roadblock.

"I swore to myself I wouldn't just lie down and take this...If I can help save another life, then I will keep pushing this," he told The Star.

"You are meant to trust them, like doctors or teachers. How will I ever stop at a roadblock again?"

Police spokesperson Katlego Mogale was not available for comment, The Star reported.

  • Peter - 2012-05-14 08:34

    What is this country coming too! Down with the corrupt! It wouldnt suprise me at all if they were police officers or had connections, how the hell do you get all that stuff, uniforms, weapons unless you are the police or know someone in the police

      Olusunne - 2012-05-14 08:49

      Corruption ruin image of country.cuz many are tryin means to survive so far those sittin upstairs neglectin poor.

      jajabutters - 2012-05-14 08:54

      You know whats really strange about this is that the very same thing happened to another man last week and the hijackers had the very same modus operandi. They used the very same car with the blue lights and the same number of gangsters. I read it on the sowetan last week. How can the cops not know about this?

      Gestoffle - 2012-05-14 09:03

      This is why I am so anti....I would like to walk the path of change, but you dont know who to trust. I will just carry on the journey with eyes at the back of my head.

      Jack - 2012-05-14 09:05

      SA cops are scum bags!! Moral of the story dont drive fancy cars...very sad that you cant enjoy your hard earned rewards. This country is full of scum.

      bobby.mykonos - 2012-05-14 09:07

      Gestoffle you are not alone. These criminals rob us all of our trust and goodwill. We must not give in to them. They are not the majority.

      Raymond - 2012-05-14 09:13

      The questions I'm asking - Doesn't police vehicles have tracking devices? The victim knows where he was pulled over as well as a description of the car. Is it really that difficult to track the whereabouts of all the VW Golf's police vehicles and pinpoint which one of them was at that location at that exact time? Then they will know which officers had that vehicle. Not rocket science!!

      Thando - 2012-05-14 09:30

      If ever a single incident proves that the ANC has failed - we cannot trust the cops anymore

      Jessica - 2012-05-14 09:50

      So much more for us as citizens to get rid of the ANC government

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-14 11:43

      These days it's hard to tell the difference between criminals and cops. You can ask the cops already in prison to confirm this.

      Jessica - 2012-05-14 12:06

      Or they trying to get rid of the honest ones and keep the cronie criminals. Just a thought....

      Benn - 2012-05-15 05:12

      You fell for the trick. The socalled "constitution" will remain intact only to that point where the ANC rule comes under threat. You are stuck with the regime for a long time and things will get a lot worse. If you really believe that we live in a democracy, you have been conned. The regime will not surrender power and in the unlikely event that another party gained a majority, Cosatu will make the country ungovernable- guaranteed.

      Chris - 2012-05-15 14:03

      I do agree with u cause every crime reported nowdays a policeman is included those who must safeguard SA are now criminals themseve nd how a we going to trust dem

      James - 2012-06-05 18:46

      Transparency International rates corruption. SA not doing too well Ditto rest of Africa. Big danger today's atrocity is next months way of life. People get innoculated.

  • John - 2012-05-14 08:37

    If this is proved true, the criminals are definitely in charge of the country. What else can we expect when the touted next top cop, who has such a cloud of doubt hanging over him, takes charge?

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-14 09:17

      The cops will cover it up. They can thank their lucky stars that it was not my hero, Bees Roux.

      Pierre - 2012-05-14 09:26

      No it proofs only that there are criminals in this country and some of them might be policemen. It won't be the first time either that a police officer is caught and jailed for these types of crimes; only it is small minority of policemen. Just catch the criminals and jail them.

      Benn - 2012-05-15 05:14

      Pierre, you are not in Disneyland- this is the real world- SA in fact.

      Martin - 2012-06-14 10:15

      pierre, there is only 3 ways to get an R5 rifle, either its issued to you or you lend your issued one to comrades, or put a bow on it and taadaa its a tsotsi birthday present,tey are in on it, they are their own private incompetent army, yet proficient at making cases go away

  • francois.rauch - 2012-05-14 08:38

    My beloved country .... are being destroyed!

      Peter - 2012-05-14 08:43

      Agreed, im 23 and this is my home. but i feel that if i dont leave soon i will lose my life or the life or someone i care about.

      bobby.mykonos - 2012-05-14 09:13

      Guys change is always hard. Please don't give up on this place.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-14 09:19

      It is not worth dying for. Think about yourselve and f the rest.

      Elize - 2012-05-14 10:06

      @Peter you are still young leave while you can my boy!!

      Benn - 2012-05-15 05:17

      Peter, 23 yrs and still here? There is no paradise on this earth, but SA is in an advanced state of collapse and sadly, many do not even realize it.

  • VWhitepaw - 2012-05-14 08:40

    Scary part of this is... It would not surprise me that much. I've seen cops ignoring rules simply because they have a blue light. How many times was police been reported for assault, apart from the few times it was caught on camera. How far of a jump is it to actually stealing. And our lovely cabinet ministers says we have to root out the problems, starting from the bottom up. Idiotic. You start from the top and push it down.

  • heini.falk - 2012-05-14 08:41

    I'm not even remotely surprised. We have the most employed police officers in the world yet have the highest crime rate as well in the world AND then there are THOUSANDS of them walking around with guns that done even know how to use them and haven't even passed the basic police competency test

      Alf - 2012-05-14 08:55

      We can now truly say that criminals are running the sow at all levels.

  • Sheralee - 2012-05-14 08:41

    You never know whether cops are real or not real in this country. The amount of crime in this country is a sad state of affairs. The failed government and corruption in this country is even more depressing. I would suggest that driving to the nearest police station in this scenario would be the best bet.

      Boer - 2012-05-15 04:18

      Get on a plane and leave.

      Benn - 2012-05-15 05:20

      Have you been to a police station? Now, that is entertaining! And where your life has just been threatened, you are not seeking entertainment.

  • Msika - 2012-05-14 08:41

    Did William Mbatha aka "Mashobane" escape prison?

  • Matthew - 2012-05-14 08:42

    Nothing new as far as South Africa goes it happens all the time and everyone knows it does But it takes 1 newspaper article and everyone is just like "oh thats shocking,how can they do that?!" please,people,wake up.

  • jruppersberg - 2012-05-14 08:43

    Never stop for any police vehicle wanting to pull you off. Drive straight to the nearest police station and use this article as a reference.

      Kala - 2012-05-14 12:22

      There was a women in Natal that did that and promptly got assaulted by the police in the police station.

      Vaughan - 2012-05-14 13:22

      Don't stop and drive to the Kempton Park police station and you are guaranteed of being beaten to a pulp in the police station with all and sundry looking on...

  • my10cent - 2012-05-14 08:49

    Welcome to sunny South Africa!!!

  • Pete - 2012-05-14 08:52

    I believe that even the police is able of doing this.Seen a officer take a bride in clear day light next to M1 highway.WTF!!

      rooikat - 2012-05-14 21:10

      Silly officer, everyone knows that to take a bride one has to take her at night, preferably in the confines of ones honeymoon suite.

  • Antwahn - 2012-05-14 08:56

    Ryan glad you are physically OK. ( The trauma to have law enforcement committing such a scandalous act will never disappear though. Face it, you are living where a large section of the indigenous population reckons you are a thief who stole their stuff, because you are white and free game. Come to the WC, things are better here. And next time, seeing that you drive a Porsche, frack them and drive like hell.

  • markvonbentheim - 2012-05-14 09:00

    it's simple people ... there is a way to stop this ... vote vote vote ... with your head, and not with your heart. the government of the day has not delivered anything over the past 18-yrs except steal R20billion a year from us tax-payers. in any other nation in the world the government would have been voted out long ago. the struggle is over. we now need corrective action. we can all run away, but that doesn't change anything. if you love this country (and I'm talking to all races here) vote for a new government and show people what a democracy is, cause we ain't one currently and we're heading the same way as any other african country where government and municipalities plunder the coffers for personal gain. Time for the (South) African Uprising.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-14 09:25

      It will help if intelligent, thinking South Africans make more of an effort to stand together. We don't all have to vote for for the same party, but something similar to the mass protest against e-tollling is required. Call it what you like, People Against Violence (PAL). It could even grow into a political party someday.

  • Danna-Liza - 2012-05-14 09:02

    Dis siek!!!! Waar na toe gaan die land....

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-14 09:24

      Down the tubes, nes die res van Afrika.

  • Khomotjo - 2012-05-14 09:02

    When the cops try 2 pull you over and you don't they say you will get arrested I guess its time to break the rules for our own safety rather drive to the nearest police station.Safety first!!!

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-05-14 09:03

    What is needed is drastic counter-measures. An explosive capsule must be built into cars that are impervious to damage of high speed collisions or tampering (like black boxes on airplanes) that you can activate with your tracker system from a website. It should even have an option to play a last voice message over the car audio system to the muppet that is about to be vaporized.

  • jajabutters - 2012-05-14 09:04

    You know whats really strange about this is that the very same thing happened to another man last week and the hijackers had the very same modus operandi. They used the very same car with the blue lights and the same number of gangsters, in the same area and they seem to be targeting those with high value vehicles. I read it on the sowetan last week. How can the cops not make the connection?

      Frans - 2012-05-14 09:21

      @jajabutters - can we trace the person who gave you a thumbs down. I'm sure he's one of the hijackers, because there's nothing negative in your comment.

  • Ronald - 2012-05-14 09:05

    Six years ago I was robbed of R 18 000 by people dressed as police at a shopping centre where I had made deliveries in Soshanguve near Pretoria. I followed them as they ran away and saw them get into a vehicle. I took down the registration, went to the SAPS to report the matter and, lo and behold, there stood the Mazda in which the robbers had driven away. When asking the gate guard as to when the vehicle had come in he replied that it had come in from crime PREVENTION activities not two minutes ago. How ironic.The Inspector that had signed for the vehicle was identified by me as one of the people committing the robbery minutes after he had arrived back in his office, but he was not searched. I was treated like a dog by the members manning the Police station, and I had to write my statement myself, as the person taking down my statement could barely spell his own name. Two weeks later I was visited by a member of the Anti-Corruption unit of the SAPS for yet another statement and confirmation of the identity of the Inspector/robber. Many phone calls later nothing has happened. I new that the case was lost the moment the Soshanguve Station Commander refused to have the driver and passengers of the car searched, he probably got a kick-back.

      amos.magezi - 2012-05-14 09:43

      This Case must be reopened. Those who robbed you together with the station commander must be charged. Public protector u a the answer of this corrupt officers.

      Sheralee - 2012-05-14 09:45

      Nothing is lost if you are willing to fight hard enough for it.

      solverman - 2012-05-14 10:23

      That brings home what a corrupt land we live in.... I actually felt ill reading that...

      Danny - 2012-05-16 20:45

      Sis man this is utterly disgusting.So much for another corruption.How can we trust let alone respect an officer in uniform.Just goes to show how the ANC governs our country.Whatever happened to the Anti-Corruption Unit.I strongly urge you to get Thusi Madonsela involved in this case,I trust that she is the only Justifiable source to turn to,since she is not corrupt.

  • Frans - 2012-05-14 09:08

    @Africanism, hey man - what did life do to you? Looks like you're irritated by anything including yourself. When is the last time you had a brain scan. I suggest you go for one today. I'm sure they won't find any.

  • mulalo.makhale - 2012-05-14 09:08

    I give up, Cops are now jacking cars? when it rains it pours in SA..

  • alan.erwin1 - 2012-05-14 09:18

    Its not if it happens to you BUT when. It is like a war zone out there and it will never change until we rid this country of the corruption of the ANC and all it stands for.

      Danny - 2012-05-16 20:48

      ANC IS EQUAL To Amalgamated National Corruption

  • MefrouwPoefparra - 2012-05-14 09:19

    We have turned into the most criminal corrupt basketcase African banana republic EVER. This is only hidden by the fact that there is still quite a bit of economic activity going on. That, however, will change as more and more business people/entities get disgusted with the criminally corrupt and STUPID way South Africa is run.

  • Suprise - 2012-05-14 09:29

    Crooks are becoming officers, just imagine S.A's mentality in not doing a back ground check. This is not the first and will not b the last story. May we all be saved from these corrupt cops.

  • flysouth - 2012-05-14 09:30

    Of course they were cops! - this and other crimes committed by cops in uniform are happening all the time. There are currently over 1000 officers on suspension and under investigation for wrong-doing - and there must be thousands more who have not yet been found out! The entire force needs a total overhaul - start by firing everyone and then re-hiring after the most stringent checks. Ultimately of course the system, under the ANC's rule, has been corrupted beyond repair - thus the lasting solution is to dispose of the cause, which is the ANC and vote the scum out - complaining will not change the government, only votes will!

  • sesom - 2012-05-14 09:31

    Bloody Cops...Let this man check the Police at Douglasdale Station..

      Michael - 2012-05-14 11:37

      just as hate to be black in South Africa....cause the vast majority are like hyhenas

  • Victor - 2012-05-14 09:35

    Thank God for your safety my brother,no one need to believe this but we all know how corrupt police are I know for the fact.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-14 09:36

    Wait the time is now and the evil authority of this country that take advantage of there power will be delt with.karma is a bitch

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-14 09:40

    I think one bad apple gives all bad apples a bad name. Regardless white black or brown or any race for that matter some idiots are so selfish to give there whole race a bad name.

      odupreez - 2012-05-15 12:57

      If it was only one, but it happens so often, they involved in most major crime in this country.

  • Leonard - 2012-05-14 09:43

    What do you expect? The chiefs of police are all corrupt, it starts al the way at the top and works its way down to the lower ranks, absolutely pathetic! These people cannot stay in power anymore

  • Danie - 2012-05-14 09:45

    Are w not all guilty, I am I just drove without my seat belt?, What is the next step , steal time that I am paid for or my work pen, and then next , buy a laptop or cell phone cheap cheap, was someone kill to get them?

      Derek Gerber - 2012-05-14 11:01

      With all due respect, have you lost your mind?!

      Sam - 2012-05-14 12:57

      Weskoppies, I think a patient has escaped...holy cow.

  • tumisho.lekalakala - 2012-05-14 09:46

    The police are losing their respect...every week there is always some bad story about them. Nathi must act otherwise he is just like them.

  • Joanita - 2012-05-14 09:47

    And hen people wonder why I left South Africa nearly 4 years ago!!!!

  • Sheralee - 2012-05-14 09:49 So, not only do we have corruption in the police force, overflowing prisons where prisoners are being let out early . . . they are also looking to reduce our police force...... This is not pro-active but reactive and a poor decision at that.

  • solverman - 2012-05-14 10:13

    If they were real Cops.. and you did not stop, they would have shot at you, and had the law behind them saying that you refused to stop.... and you will be sentenced accordingly if you had not been shot dead.... if you do stop ... you get hijacked ... win win, for corrupt police....

  • Marion - 2012-05-14 10:28

    Happy to hear that you're safe. Distressed to hear that the police are once again implicated in criminal activity. Root out every single rotten apple.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-14 10:29

    And we must be Patriotic? What a joke.

  • Ayub A M Haziz - 2012-05-14 10:32

    police corruption is a big thing in South Africa, i personally feel we should not be victims of cops just becos those public servents are in blue when they in civillian clothes they are all different catch them and hit them seriously, Have you ever noticed when a cop is involved there will never be a comment from their superiors they should just fire all the cops and appoint new 1 TOO MUCH CORRUPTED COPS

  • hans.mol - 2012-05-14 10:44

    More and more we're seeing the same trends, behavior and anarchy one associates with Africa. Such a shame!

  • Mark - 2012-05-14 11:14

    Did you vote????? Wake up before it is too late, teach your children to vote and to make informed choices. Report every instance of crime, become aware, share information. The arrogant government Fat-Cat , thieves are setting the example and their minions to follow. Thank God for rational informed South Africans of all creeds/race/religion that want to make a positive contribution and bring healthy change to our country.

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-14 11:17

    Great timing to lay off 9000 officers to the criminal system. Hope the WC police have it in them to protect us from this scum. I actually wish this guy had a concealed knife. Start arming yourselves people.

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  • Shiyara - 2012-05-14 11:48

    Man...what the hell??? I will not stop for any cop!

  • Fredster - 2012-05-14 11:53

    what you doin bout this mr president?

  • Iggy - 2012-05-14 12:14


      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-05 20:17

      ..What I find amazing is that the ANC is not even attempting to exercise any form of damage control.. Their arrogance is beyond comprehension.

  • june.corlett - 2012-05-14 12:40

    If I refuse to pull over at a road block, and carry on to the nearest police station..... can I do that? or will I be followed and shot at??? I will not trust any uniformed road block - this is very scary.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-05 20:24

      ..I dont think that not stopping at a road block is a very good idea. Always bear in mind that at every VALID roadblock you have at both ends of the road, a few hundred yards down the road, there are members who's sole job is to stop, by force, if neccessary any vehecle that has ignored the road block.. They are known as the "Stopper group".

  • Eva - 2012-05-14 13:03

    My mom went through a similar story on the 30th of April. She's 62 years old, and she was hijacked by "police officers" who drove a very clearly marked police vehicle and were in uniforms on the M2/M1 split on the highway. She got stopped by this police van as they were flashing lights at her, and, like you, she felt compelled to stop. But as soon as she stepped out of the car: they handcuffed her, took her cash,and kept on shouting at her for her car keys. Luckily they couldn't find the car keys (and the fact that my mom does not drive that desirable a car), they took her money and told her to drive off or they'll shoot her. This is organised crime happening, and is on the rise. Surely, the police must do something, at least to find out whether their own people are out and about hijacking, if it's not real police officers, then how are they getting the uniforms and vehicles?

  • Chioneso - 2012-05-14 13:14

    this happened to my boyfriend and I too with policemen in a black golf. They followed us from an ATM. They demanded that he leave me behind after they took the money but he refused to go. He just kept negotiating until they relented. they were also in uniform and another police car drove by slowly while they had guns pointed at us and they waved it past so they must have been police officers.

  • ntshembolloyd.shibambu - 2012-05-14 13:24

    lol ey i knw its not a joke but hey this is South Afrika.lets do smething n stop complaining lets try DA.i wnt vote for Zuma even if u drug me by nyaupe.

  • Peace - 2012-05-14 13:36

    Flying squad police are supposed to use marked cars when patrolling,I wouldn`t stop if the "police" are driving an unmarked car.

  • goodman.segage - 2012-05-14 14:05

    Sorry Ryan about this truamatic season you are going through man. And thanks be to God, you are alive, life more iS precious than assets. Those crooks will be apprehended. We are behind you man. Be still...