SA lends sup­port to ter­ror ac­cused

Hanekom held in Mozam­bique

Sowetan - - News - By Nom­ahlubi Jor­daan

Pre­to­ria is in con­tact with mar­itime busi­ness­man An­dre Hanekom, who has been ar­rested on ter­ror­ism charges in Mozam­bique. Re­veal­ing this yes­ter­day, in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions min­is­ter Lindiwe Sisulu said: “We are aware that a South African‚ Mr Hanekom‚ has been held by the Mozam­bi­can gov­ern­ment.

“Our am­bas­sador in Mozam­bique has lo­cated him and has com­mu­ni­cated both with the fam­ily and our­selves and he’s made him­self avail­able to in­ter­act with Mr Hanekom so we can give all the nec­es­sary sup­port to him.” Hanekom‚ 61‚ who owns a slip­way and mar­itime lo­gis­tics com­pany in Mozam­bique’s gas-rich north­ern re­gion of Cabo Del­gado‚ was ar­rested in Au­gust last year 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 – fondly known as baba mzungu [white fa­ther] among lo­cals – was linked to the or­gan­i­sa­tion‚” the news­pa­per wrote.

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