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Gqeberha businessman released three weeks after kidnap

By Anita Dangazele

A Gqeberha businessman who is the fourth victim in a series of kidnappings for ransom was released on Friday, three weeks after he was forcefully taken from his business on 1 March.

The owner of Neal’s Fish and Chips, Neal Ah-Tow, 59, is back with his family, three weeks after he was abducted outside his fast food outlet.

Details about his release and where he was held are still sketchy, but provincial Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela confirmed he was home and safe.

Preliminary police reports indicate that Ah-Tow was possibly held in the Marikana informal settlement outside Gqeberha and that an unknown person dropped him off at a police station on Friday night.

“According to the victim, the suspects dropped him off at a location unknown to him. He was lost and walked around looking for help.

“A member of the community picked him up and took him to the Mount Road police station,” Mgolodela said.

She said Ah-Tow showed visible signs of assault, and was hungry and dehydrated. He was reunited with his family who took him to their family doctor.

Mgolodela said no ransom was paid, even though an initial ransom demand of $1.4-million (R26.7 million) for his release was reduced to R14-million.

Ah-Tow is the fifth business owner to be kidnapped for ransom in recent months.

Kariega mom Sonam Gajjar, who was kidnapped outside her home a week ago, was reunited with her family two days after her abduction after a ransom of R2-million was paid to the alleged kidnappers.

Pictured Above: Gqeberha businessman Neal Ah-Tow, 59, who was kidnapped three weeks ago.

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