- 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 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.
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.
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