Missing Kloof man found

2013-07-26 00:00

THE family of Kloof businessman Bruce Galloway reacted with “elation and deep thankfulness” after he was found in a gorge off the Bridle Road viewing spot in the suburb yesterday.

Galloway (59) went missing from his home at about 4 am on Tuesday, when he was to leave for Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on business.

Galloway’s car was found a few hours later in his driveway, with all his personal belongings left behind. The police were then alerted.

He was discovered yesterday by two children, whose parents belong to local community organisation SA Can, which had embarked on a relentless awareness campaign since his disappearance.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said rescuers started the operation to remove the businessman from the gorge at 3 pm, and he was taken to the summit about an hour later.

Galloway, who was conscious but had “minor to moderate” injuries, was admitted to Hillcrest Hospital for treatment.

“We suspect he has neck, back and facial injuries,” said Banks.

SA Can spokesperson Brian Jones said the organisation’s YouTube video and awareness programmes had played a huge role in Galloway’s rescue.

“Everyone pulled together over these past three days and all their work culminated in this rescue,” he said.

Private investigator Brad Nathanson said indications were that Galloway was pushed into the gorge by abductors.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge, police were notified when Galloway was rescued from the gorge.

“We will as a courtesy wait for Galloway’s medical treatment to be completed before we take his statement,” he said.

Galloway’s family declined to comment further yesterday, saying they had decided to wait until he returned home before releasing a statement.

• The seven men accused of ­abducting an Underberg businessman and keeping him hostage in Port Shepstone for 22 days will remain in custody until their next appearance in the ­Himeville Magistrate’s Court on July 30. Mohsin Patel (25) was abducted, handcuffed to a bed and fed only chips for 22 days after being grabbed from his home by two men in police uniform on July 2.

• The search is still continuing for a Bangladeshi businessman who is believed to have been abducted in Pietermaritzburg last week. Police believe Solaiman Rahaman was kidnapped on his way home from his business at a Northdale shopping centre.

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