BY AL QALAM and agencies
The family of Johannesburg businessman Shiraz Gathoo who was released by his kidnappers early on Wednesday, have thanked Almighty Allah for his safe return.
In a tweet by anti-crime activist, Yusuf Bhamjee, the family also thanked the community for their duas.
He returned home after five months in captivity.
Gathoo was kidnapped on March 10 on the N12, in what is believed to have been a bogus roadblock.
“The family is greatly relieved that he is back, but there is a long road ahead, and we would like to appeal to the media and the public to respect the family’s privacy at this time,” the family said in statement.
South Africa has seen a rising trend of businessmen being kidnapped in exchange for ransom.
It is unclear if money was paid in exchange for Gathoo’s release.
Gathoo was the owner of Devland Cash and Carry wholesale business in Lenasia.
In the past three years, more than 40 wealthy businessmen have been kidnapped for ransom money, allegedly by sophisticated syndicates operating from within and outside of South Africa.