The man, who asked not to be named, said he was driving along Denne Road last Friday when a car behind him began flashing its lights.
“I didn’t respond to it, but when I saw flashing blue lights from what I thought was a police vehicle, I pulled over,” said the man.
He added he rolled down his windows, thinking the occupants of the car were police officers, Brakpan Herald reported.
“After I greeted the person who approached me, he grabbed the keys from the ignition. He unlocked my doors, and that’s when I noticed he wasn’t alone. His accomplice pointed a firearm at me,” said the man.
He was then pulled from his car and forced on to the backseat of a brown Hyundai before the hijackers put a cap over his eyes and ordered him to keep quiet and stay down.
After they drove around for a while, the victim was dropped off at Kliprivier, Alberton. The victim was not injured. The victim explained the bogus cops were dressed in civilian clothing. “After this incident, I don’t think I will ever be able to stop for police again,” said the man.
Captain Joep Joubert, spokesperson for the Brakpan Police Station, said if motorists suspected they were being pulled over by bogus cops, they should put on their hazards and drive to the nearest police station or public place.
Earlier this year, four men wearing police uniforms allegedly robbed and ransacked a home in Sunningdale, Umhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal.
Durban North police spokesperson Lieutenant Raymond Deokaran said the men first questioned the homeowner and told him they had received a tip-off about drugs on the premises.
It is alleged the homeowner was then asked to wait in one of the rooms upstairs while the suspects searched the house. The suspects made off with R360 000 from a safe and a number of items, police said.
– Caxton News Service