Kidnap boy insists on walking to school

2012-05-05 00:00

“THANK you so much for all you guys have done for me. I really appreciate it.” This was Nayati Moodliar’s message in a video posted on YouTube after he was released by his kidnappers.

The 12-year-old Nayati, who was kidnapped in Kuala Lumpur a week ago, was returned to his family on Thursday after the payment of an undisclosed ransom.

“I really appreciate your prayers … Luckily nothing is wrong with me. I’m not hurt. I’m okay,” he said in the video.

His father, Durban-born Sham Moodliar, had tweeted his relief at having his son back at home after the boy had been kidnapped for six days.

“I went to Nayati’s bedroom this morning and he was there,” he tweeted.

“I wept like a baby this morning with every fibre of my body — I cannot explain or control it,” he continued to tweet.

At a press conference in the Malaysian capital yesterday, Moodliar said his defiant son would continue to walk home from school.

Nayati was not at the briefing.

“He said to me: ‘I was kidnapped on my way to school, and now I’m walking home from school. Those kidnappers can’t beat me’,” said his father.

Nayati’s mother, Janice Smith, and his six-year-old sister, Saffiya, had slept in his bed.

“He later asked to sleep with me, and had a long, great sleep. It was truly remarkable,” Smith told journalists.

Police confirmed that an unspecified cash ransom had been paid to secure the release of the boy.

Yesterday the government expressed relief after the boy was released.

“The South African government extends its appreciation to the government of Malaysia for its role in bringing about the release of the child,” said International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

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