A 33-year-old Mpumalanga police constable is in custody after he allegedly hijacked a couple while on duty, provincial police said.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said on Wednesday that the constable, who was on duty and dove a police vehicle, signalled at a motorist to stop.
The policeman then went to the vehicle and ordered the driver, together with his wife, to alight from it
The constable – who was based at the Balfour police station – then allegedly hijacked the vehicle at gunpoint and left his state vehicle behind.
He was arrested on Tuesday night when he handed himself over to Mpumalanga police.
Mpumalanga police commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has since expressed concern about “illicit behaviour by police officials”.
Police are expected to be the custodians of the law and not the ones breaking it. The police will not hesitate to arrest their own if found to be on the wrong side of the law
The original Facebook video can be viewed below and was posted with the following caption:
We were hijacked yesterday by this police officer. His name is Gcinumuzi J Mashinini. This happened at Balfour in R23, and this police officer work at Balfour Police Station. The car reg. JLW 560 MP, charcoal Polo Vivo 2018 model