Watch: New video of South Afri

Watch: New video of South African held by Al-Qaeda in Mali emerges [video]

It’s been four years since SA’s Stephen McGowan and Swedish national Johan Gustaffson were abducted in Mali, but Gift of the Givers believe that we’re getting close to a settlement that would see the two men returned home.

Watch: New video of South Afri

News24 reports that, according to Gift of the Givers, the recent video footage of the two hostages is both credible and good news. They’re both alive and negotiations with their captors seem to be going well.

“Our Mali negotiator, Mohamed Yehia Dicko, arrived in Bamako on Wednesday, 25 November, 2015, coinciding with the fourth anniversary of the hostages being taken captive,” Gift of the Givers said earlier this morning.

“It was a week of tense waiting and patience. We received three to four calls a day through the intermediary apologising and confirming that a video will be available soon. It finally happened at 13:00 on 1 December 2015, where we received two videos, one for each hostage. 

“The video is self explanatory. Date of production is mentioned as 20 October. Given our interactions over the last few weeks and the content of the video that date is absolutely credible and realistic. 

“The most heartening aspect of the video is the fact that the captives are now aware that negotiations are underway for their release which would certainly instil a great deal of hope and positivity in them.”