Omar Carrim home and safe

PRETORIA – Kidnapped Pretoria-based businessman Omar Carrim who was held captive for 137 days has been released and safely reunited with his family.

The 76-year-old and owner of Home Hyper City disappeared in early August and only returned to his beloved family on Monday evening.

“On behalf of the family, I can confirm the release of Omar Carrim (76). He was released in Olifantsfontein this evening at about 10.30pm,” said anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee.

“We appeal for privacy. Let’s give the victim and his family the time and space to recover from the ordeal,” he added.

Abramjee said the 76-year old businessman has been admitted to an undisclosed hospital where is receiving care and counselling after three months of a traumatic experience.

Carrim’s family has also extended their gratitude to friends, community members as well as relatives who have remained supportive during the difficulties they experienced over the past three months.

“We are most grateful to everyone and we thank the Almighty for returning our father and brother to us. Thank you for all the prayers and the moral support from the public.”

Abramjee said Carrim and his family will not be commenting any further to the matter, adding that the family is ecstatic for his return.

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