Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and Tshwane West Police Cluster Commander, Maj-Gen Daniel Mtombeni met the family of missing businessman Omar Carrim today.
The MEC assured the family that everything was being done and that national police had taken over the probe. They will be working with local and provincial SAPS.
The MEC confirmed they suspected Carrim was kidnapped.
Anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee said no ransom demands have been received.
He appealed to anyone with information to come forward.
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Carrim’s son Abdullah also appealed for help and said anyone with information must please come forward urgently.
“My dad is on chronic medication and he needs it. He recently had a heart bypass operation also. I can confirm I received a call from my father yesterday,” he told the media.
When asked what else his missing father said, Abramjee interjected: “We are not going to give a blow to blow account. This is a sensitive matter and let’s give the police time and space to probe it.”
Nkosi-Malobane said police were working around the clock.
The Carrim family has thanked police for working on the case and for the thorough investigations. We are grateful,” she added.
They stressed no reward was on offer because it was a matter for police to decide.
Abramjee said the public must not expect a blow by blow account of progress.
“Law enforcement agencies will update us if and when necessary. Let’s also stop the social media messages, some of which are fake.”