Boy (5) kidnapped by armed men

Mongezi Phike has been missing since Tuesday after he and his father were hijacked.

Mongezi Phike was last seen in his father’s vehicle when it was hijacked in Bronkhorstspruit on 17 July. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - A five-year-old boy has been missing since Tuesday after the vehicle he was travelling in with his father was hijacked.

Mongezi Phike was last seen wearing a red and white jersey and red tracksuit pants with white takkies driving in his father's dark grey Nissan Sentra on the R25 in Bronkhorstspruit.

Police say the pair was stopped at an intersection on the R25 in Bronkhorstspruit when they were approached by four men, two of whom were armed.

It's understood the gang tied up the father but later dumped him and fled with the child.

The police's Marissa van der Merwe said the four suspects slammed into the vehicle and also assaulted the father and son.

"Afterwards, they drove off with them on Delmas Road where they dropped the father off and they drove off with the child."

Missing Children South Africa's Wendij Van Manen urged members of the public to come forward if they spot the vehicle registration number which is: JYM 465 GP.

"Please bring the child back and drop him off at the nearest police or petrol station."

The father of the boy is still recovering in hospital.

"The police have given out a photo of the child and the vehicle, so everyone is looking out while doing sector policing in each area to look out for the suspect's vehicle," says van der Merwe.