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2012-05-14 09:27

ANOTHER FINE DAY FOR THE SAPS: Was Ryan Pickford the victim of fake cops or could his hijackers have been a group of Johannesburg's finest looking to make a quick buck?

Johannesburg - A man claimed he was hijacked and held at gunpoint by a group of men in police uniforms in Johannesburg.

According to The Star, Ryan Pickford was driving past Leeuwkop prison north of Johannesburg on May 11 when a white Volkswagen Golf pulled up behind him flashing blue lights.

Pickford pulled over while several men wearing police uniforms and carrying R5 rifles exited the Golf. The men allegedly told him he would be arrested if he did not accompany them to the nearest police roadblock for a breathalyser test.


Pickford complied but argued that he was able to drive his own car. The men then handcuffed him 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 and was held at gunpoint in the Golf.

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

He said the men questioned him about his car and requested his banking details. After 30 minutes they pulled over by a field in Centurion and took his watch and cellphone. The men told him to run into the veld and lie down at which point they drove off.

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

Pickford said: "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. You are meant to trust them, like doctors or teachers. How will I ever stop at a road block again?"

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

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