SA to sup­port Hanekom

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In­ter­na­tional re­la­tions min­is­ter Lindiwe Sisulu said the South African gov­ern­ment was in con­tact with mar­itime busi­ness­man An­dré Hanekom who has been ar­rested on ter­ror­ism charges in Mozam­bique.

“Our am­bas­sador in Mozam­bique has man­aged to lo­cate Mr Hanekom and has com­mu­ni­cated with the fam­ily and the place where he’s be­ing held and he’s made him­self avail­able to in­ter­act with Mr Hanekom so we can give him all the nec­es­sary sup­port,” Sisulu said at a me­dia brief­ing on Sun­day.

Hanekom‚ 61‚ who owns a slip­way and mar­itime lo­gis­tics com­pany in the coun­try’s gas­rich north­ern re­gion of Cabo Del­gado‚ was ar­rested in Au­gust 2018 after gun­men tried to drive him off the road. The men‚ one of whom shot him in the arm and stom­ach‚ turned out to be po­lice of­fi­cers.

The Sun­day Times re­ported last week that Hanekom was briefly hos­pi­talised and of­fi­cers ini­tially claimed they were hold­ing him for his own safety after res­cu­ing him from kid­nap­pers linked to the ex­trem­ist group Ahlu Sun­nah Wa-Jama‚ which al­legedly wants Cabo Del­gado as a sep­a­ratist state.

“How­ever‚ in Oc­to­ber he ap­peared in court‚ with au­thor­i­ties claim­ing Hanekom was linked to the or­gan­i­sa­tion. They said they had con­fis­cated weapons and lo­gis­ti­cal sup­plies from his home des­tined for the or­gan­i­sa­tion‚” the news­pa­per wrote.

LINDIWE SISULU

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