Abducted man wants to move on with life

2013-01-25 00:00

BUSINESSMAN Shabbir Ahmad (32), who disappeared six days ago while carrying a large sum of money, says he wants to put the ordeal behind him.

His frantic family contacted The Witness on Wednesday after he went missing while attending to business matters in Howick on Saturday afternoon. His double-cab bakkie was found abandoned near Mkondeni, but there was no sign of him. On Wednesday afternoon, they learnt that he had been admitted to a hospital in Qwa Qwa in the Free State.

Back home in Pietermaritzburg yesterday, Ahmad told The Witness that having concluded his business meeting in Howick, he drove back to the CBD.

On Church Street he was hijacked by about four men, one pointing a gun at him.

“It happened so fast, but I think there were four of them. I can’t tell whether they all had firearms because everything just went blank.

“Once they got into my car, they blindfolded me and drove for a long time. I don’t know where I was for the four days as I was disoriented, with no food throughout the ordeal. On Wednesday morning, they dumped me on the roadside, taking the R230 000 cash I had with me,” said Ahmad, who has a number of businesses in Pietermaritzburg and Howick.

He said he didn’t know where he was, but at midday a man picked him up and took him to a hospital in Qwa Qwa.

“I was given treatment because I suffer from chest pains now and again. When this happened, I felt the pains and I needed medical attention,” he said.

Ahmad said if he could have his way, he would drop any charges being investigated by the police. “I’ll speak to my family tomorrow and tell them how I feel about this thing. It happened and I wish that we could put it behind. I’m grateful to God because he gave me a second chance and saved my life. For that reason I want to put this behind me and move on with my life,” he said.

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