Govt condemns SA boy's kidnap

2012-04-29 16:35

Johannesburg - The South African government on Sunday condemned the kidnapping of a 12-year-old boy in Malaysia, the department of international relations and co-operation said.

"[The government] calls on the government of Malaysia to continue with its efforts to secure the release of Nayati Moodliar and to bring the perpetrators to book," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

In a statement he said the department also called on the public to support the Moodliar family until they were reunited with their son.

Nayati was kidnapped on Friday morning in the capital city Kuala Lumpur while on his way to school.

Monyela said the South African government was in contact with the family, both in Malaysia and South Africa.

"The South African high commissioner in Malaysia has visited the family to express government's support and the high commission is in daily contact with the relevant authorities."

Moodliar's father Shamelin Moodliar said in a video broadcast on YouTube: "He is our only son. He is a good boy and we need him back. We don't want any trouble... It's not too late to let him go... We're not rich people, please give our son back."

Shamelin told a television station they had no idea whether he was taken for a ransom.

The parents have dual South African and Dutch citizenship and the boy's grandparents live in Cape Town.

"We are in contact with them... It is hard on all of us," the boy's aunt, Caroline Swanepoel, told the Saturday Star.


  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-29 17:08

    I also condemn it now what.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-29 17:53

      Where's the government's condemnation of the daily assault, battery, rape, murder, starvation, neglect and trafficking of children within our own borders? When it happens within our borders, there's silence but when it happens to a family that lives in another country, they have something to say. I hope this young boy is found unharmed and that the kidnappers are caught. I understand that in Malaysia at least, kidnappers face life-long imprisonment or the death penalty.

      Di - 2012-04-29 19:08

      We all condemn it. Now what indeed.

  • Rob - 2012-04-29 17:26

    This is sad. The boy, is just that, a 12 year old boy. His life is really just beggining. I hope this has a " happy ending. " My thoughts are with the family. Strength to you.

  • Mark - 2012-04-29 17:57

    They finally condemned something that happened in a non-Western country?! Just wait until the boss wakes up and hears about this! Formal apologies all round!

  • Lynda - 2012-04-29 18:18

    so hope he is safe and returned home soon

  • Michele - 2012-04-29 18:40

    Wow. the ANC condemned it. Way to put your foot down hey.

  • Michele - 2012-04-29 18:42

    Clearly all other kidnappings are ok.

  • Di - 2012-04-29 19:09

    We all condemn it. Now what indeed.

  • mojay786 - 2012-04-30 06:48

    i am an expat(south african) living in Malaysia, and unlike SA where justice is NEVER served,and criminals never caught, they will find this child,and he will be returned unharmed but will most likely need psychological treatment. here the criminals aren't blood thirsty murderers like the hi-jackers or house robbers or farmer killers,just thugs looking for R20k or so. i feel for the parents.the Malaysian Prime Minister is behind this case, so be rest assured the kidnappers will release him probably by tomorrow latest and hand themselves in.the penalty will be too severe if they dont.SA could learn from this.

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