Actor and television personality Tumisho Masha survived a five-hour hijacking ordeal last night in Soshanguve‚ north of Pretoria‚ his PR agency said on Monday.
“The actor‚ who hails from Soshanguve‚ was on his way to Johannesburg from visiting friends and family in the area‚ when at around 10pm he was accosted by the hijackers and thrown into the boot of the car‚” the agency said in a statement.
“He was driven around for hours while the hijackers were locating the tracking device in car while he laid in the boot and was finally released at approximately 02h45 Monday morning.”
He is unhurt‚ but emotionally traumatised‚ the statement said.
Masha was quoted as saying: “I am still in shock as we speak and traumatised by what happened. It all happened so fast and it only dawned on me while I had a gun held to my face that it was a hijack and I had to fully cooperate in order to live“.
A case of hijacking and attempted murder has been opened with the police for investigation and possible arrest.
“I realise that I am not the first to be hijacked‚ nor will I be the last‚ but we cannot allow to be held ransom by thugs in our communities.
“I urge members of our communities to please report any suspicious activities to the police so that we can rid our communities of crime and that we able to walk or drive freely without fear. A big problem with the crime situation is the lack of employment and business opportunities for the youth in the townships that exacerbates the situation‚” Masha said.
The statement said he thanked his fans‚ the public and his family for their support and well wishes as he went through this traumatic ordeal.