Islamic scholar's grandson believed kidnapped

2015-11-02 20:14
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Cape Town - The grandson of well-known professor and Islamic scholar Shaykh Yusuf da Costa is believed to have been kidnapped in Cape Town, his family said.

Police have also confirmed they were investigating a case of kidnapping.

Shamiel da Costa said his son, Muhammed Yusuf da Costa, left home at about 07:45 on Monday morning. An hour later the family received an SMS from his number saying someone had kidnapped him, and demanded that R10 000 be deposited into his account, or he would be killed.

The alleged kidnappers did not give a deadline for the ransom payment.

"We are all OK, Alhamdulillah [all praise due to God]. His wife is traumatised - they have a two-week-old baby," Shamiel da Costa said.

He said he did not know of anyone who wanted to harm his son.

Shamiel da Costa said police were trying to get his son's phone records.

"We are waiting for the police to inform us what to do," he said when asked what they would do in response to the ransom demand.

Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said anyone with any information about the incident should contact the investigating officer Detective Warrant Officer De Vries on 021 594 7026 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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