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Today is Day 77 and Pretoria businessman Omar Carrim (76) remains in captivity.
Carrim was kidnapped on August 3 shortly after leaving his business Home Hyper City in Pretoria. He was traveling home to Laudium.
Carrim’s car was found burned out near Erasmia the following morning.
I have launched a daily social media campaign with a day-count appealing for Omar to be released.
We pray for his safe return. The family is distraught. They have called on the public to join them and pray for their father’s release.
We know “Uncle Omar” is not well and the kidnappers must set him free on humanitarian grounds. I hope the kidnappers will show mercy and release the victim immediately.
The Carrim family has also asked the public to “pray for the release and safe return of our father.”
I recently highlighted the threat from organized crime syndicates who were targeting wealthy businessman.
The next big organized crime has hit South Africa- Kidnappings.
There has been a series of kidnappings over recent years and it appears to be escalating.
What is worrying is that these syndicates are becoming more daring and they are clearly sophisticated.
Kidnapping syndicates have been operating for some time – taking their victims and demanding ransoms running into tens of millions of rands.
Many of these gangs have been arrested. Others continuing cropping-up targeting largely Indian, Pakistani, Chinease, Bangladeshi Zimbabwean and Mozambican nationals living in South Africa.
Many of the victims are forced to pay ransom locally. Other gangs demand payment in foreign countries making it difficult for law enforcement agencies to follow the trail.
*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and Namola’s Chief Ambassador