Cape Town kidnapping

Concerns raised as prominent Cape Town businessman kidnapped

The second prominent kidnapping in the last few days.

Cape Town kidnapping

Another kidnapping in Cape Town is raising concern. While Cape Town has never been free of crime, kidnapping isn’t normally high on the list of adult worries. For local businessmen, though, they might have to start being more careful.

Cape Town kidnapping: Businessman in trouble

The Cape Argus reported on Monday that Businessman Liyaket Parker was kidnapped in the early hours of the morning. Parker was taken from his offices in the popular N1 City.

Parker is described as a prominent figure in business and is the former boss of Food World. Together with his brother Rashied, he is a partner in the FPG Property Fund company.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) have confirmed that the kidnapping did take place. More details will be revealed by Police at a later stage.

The newspaper points out that Parker’s kidnapping is the latest “big businessman” kidnapping in the last few years.

During the same period last year, Sadeck Zhaun Ahmed was kidnapped outside of his business in Salt River. Ahmed is the owner of Zhauns Business Opportunity Machines. He was only returned to his family in October 2017.

No ransom was paid, but the abductors were said to be concerned about Ahmed’s “deteriorating health”.

In 2016, Naushad Deshmukh khan was kidnapped outside his business in Athlone. He was held by five men for two months before being dropped off in Thornton. That same year saw a Bangladeshi businessman kidnapped.

A R10m ransom was demanded, but police managed to find the man after he was traced to a house in Khayelitsha.

Last week, Prasa board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama was kidnapped by hijackers in Joburg. The vehicle was abandoned in Katlehong and the chairperson emerged physically unharmed.

Read: Outcry as chair of Prasa board kidnapped after hijacking

The incident took place on Thursday but only became public knowledge over the weekend.