SA man held hostage in Mali 'healthy'

2012-07-17 10:17

Johannesburg - A South African man being held hostage in Mali is safe, according to a video posted on YouTube, Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Stephen Malcolm McGown said in the message on the website that he was healthy and being treated well. He said he was being held by al-Qaeda.

In the footage, McGown and another hostage, Johan Gustafsson, of Sweden, are holding letters dated January 28, with four armed men standing behind them.

The men were taken hostage with Sjaak Rijke, of the Netherlands, last year.

Beeld said al-Qaeda in North Africa was demanding that Britain releases one of its members to an Arabic country in Africa, instead of to Jordania.

If the demand was not met, al-Qaeda has reportedly said that McGown, who also has British citizenship, would be killed.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-07-17 10:37

    Muslims or Islam neh!!and yet they claim theirs is a peaceful religion!!

  • Ditantane - 2012-07-17 10:44

    is this guy South African or British.

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-07-17 10:50

      does it matter??

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-07-17 10:50

      It's called \dual\ citizenship.

      Ditantane - 2012-07-17 12:56

      @susan yes it does, when the state has to intervene and also if he is South African it need to be established why al Qaeda will be interested in a South African

  • Kala - 2012-07-17 11:02

    I'm sure they feel "safe" by being held hostage by Muslim terrorists.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-17 11:19

    Release one (most probably mass) murderer for two innocent's a tough one. Good luck men!..dirty terrorists!

  • julian.booyens - 2012-07-17 11:49

    Now if they were American those men standing behind them with guns would be dead by now and the hostages would be back safely at home with their families

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-17 12:04

      True that. The " yanks " dont stuff around when it comes to dealing with these islamist muslim scum.

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