By Tamlyn Canham
Mafikizolo’s Nhlanhla Mafu says she is “fine” after her hijacking ordeal on Thursday.
The singer revealed the traumatic experience on her Instagram Stories.
“I just got hijacked guys. But thank the Lord that I’m fine. My car is gone but I thank God for my life”, she wrote.
Johannesburg hijacking hotspot
According to Tracker, Johannesburg is the hijack capital of South Africa. Theft of motor vehicles is more prevalent in Pretoria.
“This is followed by KwaZulu-Natal with Durban in the top spot for both hijacking and theft, and the Western Cape with hijacking mainly occurring in Mitchell’s Plain and theft in Cape Town,” the company said in a February 2021 statement.
Nhlanhla is the latest celebrity to become a victim of crime.
Singer Mariechan revealed in March that she was the victim of a smash-and-grab near the Beyers Naudé off-ramp.
“I was just happy that I was alive & in one piece…Many are not as lucky & some pay with their lives. All we can do is be on high alert on the road & NOT drive alone at night,” she wrote.
In 2018, Linda Mtoba’s husband, Steven Meyer, was hijacked in Durban and taken for hours.
“Still battling to grasp my head around it all. My husband was hijacked at gunpoint put into the boot of the car they made cash withdrawals. They had him for over 2 hours. Dumped him entuzuma. Took his shoes jacket wedding band watch, everything,” she tweeted at the time.
Still battling to grasp my head around it all.
My husband was hijacked at gunpoint put into the boot of the car they made cash withdrawals. They had him for over 2 hours. Dumped him entuzuma. Took his shoes jacket wedding band watch, everything.
— Mrs Linda M (@Linda_Mtoba) December 2, 2018
‘Rhythm City’ actor Dumi Masilela lost his life in 2017 after he was shot during an attempted hijacking.
“We are investigating a case of murder and attempted hijacking. Two men (including Masilela) were sitting in a white Golf 7 last night when they were approached by a black Jeep who tried to hijack them. The two occupants in the Golf tried to drive off and one of them was shot,” Gauteng police spokesperson Kay Makhubele said at the time.