Shiraz Gathoo


Shiraz Gathoo: Businessman released by kidnappers after six-month ordeal

In March, Shiraz Gathoo was pulled over by a fake police roadblock, where his kidnappers forced him into their vehicle.

Shiraz Gathoo


Shiraz Gathoo has been reunited with his family this week after it was confirmed he had been released by his kidnappers, who had kept him hostage since early March.

The owner of the Devland Cash and Carry wholesaler business in Lenasia in the southwest of Johannesburg was allegedly kidnapped for ransom.

How was Shiraz Gathoo kidnapped?

TimesLive report that Gathoo was travelling down the N12 – which runs from George, Western Cape to Witbank, Mpumalanga – before he was stopped by what appeared to be a police roadblock. However, this was a rouse by his kidnappers, who pulled him from his car and bundled him into their vehicle.

The publication also says that more than 40 businessmen have been kidnapped in South Africa over the past three years‚ with sophisticated syndicates demanding ransoms for their safe return.

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Police are yet to share the details of his release, but anti-crime advocate Yusuf Abramjee was the first to break the news on Wednesday morning:

Shiraz Gathoo released after six months

The Gathoo family issued a statement once Shiraz was safely returned to his homestead. They gave thanks to the people who supported them during this nightmare, and asked for the media to respect their privacy:

“Shiraz Gathoo, who was kidnapped on 10 March 2018, was returned to his family safely in the early hours of the morning. The family would like to give thanks to Allah and appreciation to all those who gave their support during this difficult time”

“The family is greatly relieved that he is back, but there’s a long road ahead and we would like to appeal to the public and the media to respect the family’s privacy at this time.”