CAPE TOWN-  The family of the Parow businessman who was allegedly abducted about two weeks ago, remains hopeful that he returns home safely.

Liyaqat Parker (65) was kidnapped outside his business in The Greens by five men, they overpowered his security guards, they grabbed him and put him into an unknown SUV.

The police minister Bheki Cele visited the family last week Friday and told them that kidnapping is one of the top four crimes in South Africa, and it is being prioritized.

There has been a number of businessmen kidnapped in the past few years, and Parker case highlights the issue, as he is the forth businessman to be kidnapped in two years.

Cele’s spokesperson Reneilwe Serero said,  “They shared information and the police are working on the matter. He [Minister Cele] indicated that kidnappings are now part of the four priority crimes that the police will be working on.”

Family spokesperson Waleed Brown said that Cele assured the family that the case is being investigated by the SAPS, “The message from the family remains the same, that they be left alone while they are dealing with this. A lot of people have responded to the appeal for information. Unfortunately, most of it has turned out not to be credible.”

Photo Credit- EWN

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