SOUTH AFRICA: MURDERS/SABC/12/7/18 SABANews 1
CAPE TOWN – The MUSLIM Judicial Council in SOUTH AFRICA says it is concerned about what seems to be the targeting of MUSLIM businessmen in the coastal city of CAPE TOWN.
SABC News says the group has called for an urgent meeting to discuss the issue following the alleged abduction of a prominent trader, LIYAQAT PARKER.
It says the founding member of the FOODPROP Group” was allegedly snatched outside his business premises this MONDAY in PAROW.
Suspected assailants allegedly abducted the 65-year-old dealer at gunpoint at N-ONE City GOODWOOD, and Police say they believe he was driving into the basement parking when it happened.
The suspects forced a security guard into a toilet at gunpoint when they snatched Mr PARKER, the founding member of the FOODPROP Group that owns the FOODWORLD chain of supermarkets.
SABC News says the CAPE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE has condemned what it says appears to be a developing trend, after another prominent businessman was kidnapped outside his business ONE year ago in WOODSTOCK.
It says the CAPE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE has called on business people to be more vigilant.
Chamber President JANINE MYBURGH says an increase in such incidents may deter investments.
The MUSLIM Judicial Council has appealed for the safe return of Mr PARKER, while Council Sheikh RIAD FATAAR wants to meet with the Police to discuss the matter.
He says there is a feeling that MUSLIM businessmen are targeted and generally in SOUTH AFRICA they all feel scared for what is happening in terms of the violence out there.
The national broadcaster says the PARKER family has declined an interview, but it has appealed to the alleged captors to release him unharmed.
SOUTH AFRICAN Police say their investigations into the suspected abduction of the MUSLIM businessman are at a sensitive stage and they cannot comment at the moment.
The Global Peace Index says SOUTH AFRICA ranks number 123 out of 163 most peaceful countries and districts measured in the world, which is at the lower-end of the scale but still far from war-torn regions like IRAQ and SYRIA./Sabanews/cam