The tweet that saved hijacked man trapped in his own car

An sms and social network frenzy saved a Joburg man who was trapped in his car boot after being hijacked at the weekend.

The man was driving through Honeydew, north-west Joburg, on the way to Florida on the West Rand at about 9pm on Saturday when two armed men hijacked his Golf 3.

They forced him into the boot of the car and sped off.

But they forgot one thing: his cellphone. From inside the boot, he sent an SMS to his girlfriend.

“Be on the look for DSS041GP,” she tweeted shortly after. “my boyufriend has just been hijacked and is in the boot please RT (retweet).”

Read the whole story in IOL South Africa.

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One SMS here, one tweet there. Our collective knowledge holds the key to what is really going on in our communities. Ushahidi enables the citizens of Atlanta to report crimes for the whole city to see. And the remarkable combination of map, mobile and social media unveils the truth about Atlanta’s neighborhoods.

Just another Ushahidi project - changing the world, one map at a time.