Abducted Businessman Released After 137 Days in Captivity in South Africa

first_imgA 76-year-old South African businessman was released after he spent 137 days in captivity. Omar Carrim was abducted outside his store in Pretoria on Aug. 3, and released on Dec. 18 night.Carrim is now recovering at an undisclosed hospital, TimesLive reported.“I can confirm the release of Carrim. He was released in Olifantsfontein on Monday,” anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee said, according to PTI. The Carrim family thanked relatives, friends and the community for their support since his disappearance in August.“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,” the family said in a statement.Omar CarrimCarrim was due for a heart surgery on the day after he was abducted in a car. He disappeared after leaving his Home Hyper store at Pretorius Street in Pretoria CBD on Aug. 3 afternoon. Pleas were made on humanitarian grounds for his release.The car Carrim was taken away in — his Mercedes Benz E300 — was found burnt on Aug. 4 near Atteridgeville, a township north of the city.Carrim’s 49-year-old son Abdulla had said earlier that they received many phone calls after his abduction. On one occasion‚ his father had briefly made contact saying he was fine but needed medication for his heart before hanging up, according to TimesLive. The publication also quoted Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane as saying that police had also found Carrim’s spectacles and some papers with blood near the car. The police worked closely with two private investigators hired by the family.Kidnapping syndicates in South Africa are targeting particularly wealthy South African Indian businessmen, Abramjee said. “Often families refuse to get police involved and there are even reports of huge ransoms being paid in some instances to secure the release of loved ones in recent years,” Abramjee was quoted as saying. “Foreign nationals running businesses in South Africa, including Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Chinese migrants, are also soft targets for these gangs because they deal largely in cash only.”The Gauteng Community Safety Department has been working to locate Carrim’s abductors. Related ItemsPretoriaSouth Africalast_img read more

Related Battle of the Sexes as Womenonly Toilets

first_img RelatedBattle of the Sexes as Women-only Toilets Introduced on PlanesPlans by one airline to add women-only toilets to its flights have split opinion59% of travellers want family-only section on flightsA poll carried out by Skyscanner, has revealed that 59% of travellers would like a ‘families only’ section onboard flights.Skyscanner reveals the perfect hotelSkyscanner survey reveals women and men prioritise different features and facilities from their perfect hotel Following recent news of Barcelona’s campaign to encourage people to dress ‘appropriately’ when out and about enjoying markets, museums and other public buildings, Skyscanner reveals the travelling public’s attitude toward covering up in various locations.Over 3,000 people voted in the Skyscanner poll which surveyed attitudes towards both men and women wearing swimwear and going topless and shirtless.Whereas 96% of males thought it was fine for females to go topless on beaches, only 87% of females themselves agreed. When asked about appropriate places for females to wear bikinis, 93% of men and women believed it was ok on the beach but only 31% thought it was appropriate in a bar, cafe or restaurant. For men going shirtless, 98% said it was fine on the beach but only 18% said it was acceptable in a supermarket or bar.29% of respondents said that they didn’t want to expose their children to topless beach culture and 21% cited fear of overexposure to UV as their reason for avoiding such places. Other reasons given for disapproval of topless bathing included “it causes offence”, “ogling men” and “encourages voyeurism”.Despite the British being renowned for being reserved, when compared to other European nations, Brits ranked as one of the biggest advocates for topless sunbathing on beaches with 93% in favour. 91% of Italian and 91% of French respondents believed it was ok as did 82% of Swedes. Russians were less keen with only 67% in agreement, but it was the Germans who were the biggest fans with 99% of those surveyed saying that women should be allowed to sunbathe topless.Benjamín Pérez Ulecia, Skyscanner’s Country Manager for Spain said:“Whilst most people believe it’s perfectly acceptable to wear a bikini or walk around shirtless on the beach, it’s a different story in a museum, supermarket or restaurant. The most important thing to remember whilst visiting another country is to respect the local customs and culture. You wouldn’t wander around London’s Tate Gallery in a bikini, and Barcelona’s new ‘bikini ban’ campaign is trying to encourage tourists to dress appropriately for the environment they are in.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more