POLICE are investigating a hijacking incident involving former Springbok rugby centre Japie Mulder and his wife and three children, Alberton police said yesterday.
Captain Steady Nawa said Mulder was driving in his car with his family on Tuesday evening. It was raining and his vehicle was bumped from behind by a Volkswagen Jetta.
"He [Mulder] stopped and went outside to confront the people who bumped him and to see the damage. Instead a firearm was pointed at him."
Mulder's wife and three children were put inside the Jetta by four armed men, who put Mulder in the boot of the car.
After about three hours the family was dropped off in Kibler Park.
The vehicle was later recovered near Gold Reef City after being involved in an accident.
Nawa said no arrests had yet been made. Anyone with information about either the hijacking or accident should contact the investigating officer Superintendent Du Plessis on 082-778-7925.
The Beeld newspaper reported that the hijackers stole R1200 from Mulder's account after forcing him to give out his pin number.
Mulder told the newspaper that after he and his family were dropped off at a petrol station in Kibler Park the hijackers told them to walk away and not look back, otherwise they would be shot.
"They said we must look after the children and make sure that they are safe. Otherwise God will punish them (the robbers) if the children got hurt."
Mulder played for the Springboks between 1994 and 2001. - Sapa