'Kidnap' victim's colleague in shock

2015-11-03 17:05
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Durban - A colleague of "kidnapped" Western Cape IT technician Muhammad Yusuf da Costa, the grandson of well-known professor and Islamic scholar Shaykh Yusuf da Costa, said he was blown away by the news that his friend had been abducted. 

Reacting with shock, Jodi Layman, speaking to News24, said: "Are you being serious? This is all news to me. He [Da Costa] didn't come to work yesterday [Monday] but he had a problem with his hand so I thought he might have gone for a checkup."

Layman said Da Costa joined the department several months ago.

"He is a really friendly guy and I know his wife recently had a daughter... you only hear about things like this in the movies. You never think it will be so close to home," he said.

Detectives investigating the "kidnapping" are set to take a statement from the 25-year-old soon.

Conflicting reports regarding the details of the alleged kidnapping surfaced following his safe return home.

While his family has said that Da Costa arrived home in the early hours of Tuesday morning traumatised and visibly shaken, Western Cape police say he was found on Monday afternoon "driving in his car".

Read more: Conflicting reports on 'kidnap' of Islamic scholar's son

On Tuesday, police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said Da Costa's statement would be taken as part of the investigation.

"He has been returned safely to his family and once he is settled the police will take his statement and then the investigation can move forward," he said.

He would not comment further.

News24 reported earlier that Da Costa's father Shamiel had received a call from his son at 00:30 from a pharmacy in Bellville.

"He managed to escape between Paarl and Worcester," he said.

Da Costa left home about 07:45 on Monday. An hour later his 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 had not given a deadline for the ransom payment, Shamiel said.

He said his son had been kidnapped in his car. The kidnappers drove around with him in the car. At one point Da Costa asked if he could relieve himself. As the kidnappers escorted him to an open field, he sprinted and fled from them.

But Van Wyk said Da Costa had been found on Monday afternoon in Bellville.

"He was found yesterday [Monday] afternoon already. In his own car, driving around Bellville."

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