Elderly Pretoria businessman Omar Carrim, who was kidnapped after leaving his business more than three months ago, has been reunited with his family.
Carrim, the owner of Home Hyper City, was kidnapped 137 days ago.
The 76-year-old, whose family had repeatedly expressed fears that his heart may give in, has been admitted to an undisclosed hospital.
“On behalf of the family, I can confirm the release of Omar Carrim (76). He was released in Olifantsfontein this evening at about 10.30pm,” said anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee.
“We appeal for privacy. Let’s give the victim and his family the time and space to recover from the ordeal,” said Abramjee.
Activist Yusuf Abramjee speaks about the release of Pretoria businessman Omar Carrim.
The family has thanked friends, community members and relatives “for all the support and assistance since he disappeared in early 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.”
“We also thank law enforcement agencies,” added Abramjee.
“Omar Carrim and his family will not be commenting any further of this matter for now…We are just grateful
he has been safely returned.”