Fam­ily fears for fa­ther miss­ing in South Africa

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LIANNE KOLIRIN

REL­A­TIVES OF a Bri­tish man who has van­ished in South Africa say they are “in­cred­i­bly wor­ried” over what might have hap­pened to him.

David Ezekiel, who em­i­grated from Lon­don 35 years ago and now lives in Johannesburg, was last seen last Thurs­day evening.

Wit­nesses saw him drive out of the gated com­mu­nity in the sub­urb of Links­field at around 6pm, ac­com­pa­nied by two other cars.

Mr Ezekiel’s son Ja­son, 36, is work­ing closely with po­lice and the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Or­gan­i­sa­tion (CSO) — South Africa’s equiv­a­lent of the CST — to track his fa­ther down.

Mean­while, his sis­ter Char­lane, also known as Char­lie, flew to Lon­don from her home in Los An­ge­les this week to be with her ex­tended fam­ily.

The 34-year-old de­signer said: “We’re very con­fused and are just try­ing to piece to­gether the puz­zle to find out where he is.”

The dis­ap­pear­ance was to­tally out of char­ac­ter for her “great fa­ther”, who she de­scribed as a “hard work­ing, kind and loyal man”.

She added: “South Africa is quite a dif­fi­cult coun­try in terms of cor­rup­tion and fig­ur­ing out what’s the truth.”

Po­lice and the CSO have ap­pealed for wit­nesses to come for­ward, de­scrib­ing Mr Ezekiel as a “heavy set” 60-year-old man with grey hair, brown eyes and a “Bri­tish ac­cent”.

The fam­ily have is­sued an on­line ap­peal for wit­nesses, which has been shared hun­dreds of times on so­cial me­dia.

Ms Ezekiel told the JC: “He left the house at around 6pm with two peo­ple — an In­dian man and woman. We think he went with them to sell two cars, but noth­ing is set in stone.

“They went out for din­ner and then dropped him some­where in an area called Benoni.”

She said the grand­fa­therof-two was last seen get­ting into a car in the Benoni area at around 10.30 pm. Ac­cord­ing

David Ezekiel with his daugh­ter Char­lane to Ms Ezekiel, the man and woman were sub­se­quently ar­rested, but re­leased with­out charge.

Mr Ezekiel, who was born in Aldgate and grew up in Stoke New­ing­ton, is an ex­pe­ri­enced chef who worked for sev­eral Jewish wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions. He is di­vorced and now semi-re­tired, though has been run­ning a handy­man busi­ness in re­cent years.

His brother Im­manuel, who lives in Bushey, said he and his fam­ily are “in­cred­i­bly wor­ried”. He said he is wait­ing to hear of any devel­op­ments and is pre­pared to travel to South Africa “at the drop of a hat”. A spokesman for the For­eign & Commonwealth Of­fice stated: “We are in con­tact with the South African au­thor­i­ties and the fam­ily of a Bri­tish man af­ter he was re­ported miss­ing in Johannesburg.”

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